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This Friday’s Sustainable Homeownership Conference: Five Hurdles to Buying a Home

This Friday in celebration of National Homeownership Month, NAR President William E. Brown, NAR Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun and Berkeley Hass Real Estate Group Chair Ken Rosen lead an impressive list of notable speakers at NAR’s Sustainable Homeownership Conference at...

Instant Reaction: May Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report for May: “Although  job gains in May were on the soft side (138,000), the annual figure has been fairly consistent at...

Panel of Housing Experts Kick Off National Homeownership Month

There are few financial achievements and personal accomplishments greater than owning a home. It’s where memories are born and families establish their roots. In celebration of National Homeownership Month, NAR and America’s 1.2 million Realtors® will be touting the endless...

Contract Activity Declines for Second Straight Month in April

The “double-whammy” of severely inadequate inventory conditions and home prices far outpacing incomes caused contract signings to slide last month. I sat down with NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun to discuss the reasoning behind the pending sales slowdown, what...

VIDEO: Solar Energy, and What Realtors® Need to Know

Nearly 1 million residential properties utilize solar power to produce energy, reduce costs or even generate monthly income. That fact has led to questions from real estate professionals regarding how solar systems should be appraised, how they affect real...
May 9, 2017

Instant Reaction: April Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report for April: “This good jobs report for April should dispel any notion of a potential economic recession. Moreover, the continuing low...

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

FHA Cuts Mortgage Insurance Premium for First Time Since January 2015

For homebuyers looking to get a mortgage backed by the Federal Housing Administration, things are about to get easier – and less expensive. The FHA announced today that they are cutting their annual mortgage insurance premium from .85 percent...

Recap: Fourth Quarter Commercial Forecast

NAR Research released this morning its final outlook for the commercial real estate sector in 2016. Despite global and domestic headwinds and the likelihood of higher interest rates in the near future, the forecast for office, retail, industrial and...

2016 Realtors® Conference & Expo: The Need-to-Know in Orlando

It’s hard to believe that the 2016 Realtors® Conference and Expo is only a few days away. With hundreds of sessions and events taking place beginning on Thursday, figuring out which sessions to attend at the massive Orange County Convention...