Lawrence Yun Archive

Existing-Home Sales Hit Rough Patch in February

Talk to a Realtor® in much of the country right now and they’ll all echo a similar narrative: homes are selling quickly because there are not enough listings on the market. It’s why existing sales stumbled in February and price...

Instant Reaction: Today’s FOMC Meeting

Below is the following statement from NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun on the Federal Reserve’s decision today to raise short-term rates for the first time in 2017: “Rising inflation will predominantly dictate the next monetary policy decision, but another...

Instant Reaction: February Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s thoughts on this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ February jobs report: “The boosts to business and consumer confidence over the past few months is evidently leading to faster hiring. The...

Instant Reaction: S&P/Case-Shiller Index

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s S&P/Case-Shiller index national home-price index reading for December: “Rising mortgage rates should not be boosting home prices, yet home values accelerated with a 5.8% annual gain in December...
February 28, 2017

January Existing-Home Sales: A Nice Start to the Year

Mortgage rates have shot up 38 basis points since last November’s cyclical existing sales peak of 5.60 million. One would think that would translate into a dip in sales activity at the beginning of 2017. Today’s report shows that...
February 22, 2017

Instant Reaction: January Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) January jobs report: “Job growth is critical in a rising interest rate environment. Every 10 basis point rise in mortgage rates can...

Instant Reaction: Q4 GDP Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Department of Commerce report on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2016: “The economic growth of 1.9% in the final quarter was again...

Existing-Home Sales Dip in December

A dip in existing sales activity in December (2.8 percent) was not enough to keep 2016 from being the strongest year of sales (5.45 million) in exactly a decade. During this morning’s press conference, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist,...
January 24, 2017

Instant Reaction: December Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on December residential construction: “Let’s hope the rising trend in new home construction continues throughout 2017. As evidenced by the brisk pace of...

Instant Reaction: December Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to today’s December jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 156,000 jobs were created last month and wages meaningfully increased 2.9 percent year-over-year. “The top figure of net...