Home Sales Statistics Archive

Low Inventory Is Pushing Prices Up and Days on Market Down

Existing-homes rebounded nicely in May as more buyers navigated the headwinds of weaker affordability and limited listings in the affordable price range. It’s very evident that supply this spring severely lags demand in many parts of the country. It’s...

Highlights from Lawrence Yun’s #NAREE17 Housing Forecast Presentation

The economic and housing forecast panel at the annual National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) spring conference is always one of the most interesting and engaging sessions during the week. This year’s session in Denver did not disappoint....

Leaping Over the Hurdles to Homeownership

What can be done to ensure creditworthy households today and in the future have the opportunity to experience the personal and financial benefits of owning a home? That was the question on the minds of those in a packed...

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...

Existing-Home Sales Cooled in April

Home sales in April (-2.3 percent) could not keep up with the notable upswing seen in March (4.2 percent). It seems that we keep singing the same old tune every month about there not being enough inventory to satisfy...

NAR Midyear Forecast: Existing Sales Up 3.5 Percent

One of the most well-attended forums at the annual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is the Thursday morning housing and economic forecast headlined by NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. This morning’s all-star trifecta of speakers did not disappoint. Yun was...

Instant Reaction: April Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on April residential construction:  “With housing starts declining in April, inventory shortages will continue for a longer period of time. The intensifying housing...

Low Inventory Spurs Faster Price Growth in First Quarter

It’s no surprise today’s first quarter metro price report revealed that prices accelerated for the third straight quarter. That’s what happens when sales are strong and inventories remain near record lows. What is amazing is just how fast some metro...

Looking at Mexican Buyers of U.S. Property on Cindo de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo recognizes the Mexican army’s triumph over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. While today gives us a chance to celebrate Mexican culture here in the U.S., many of our Mexican friends own...

WATCH: Lawrence Yun Discusses March Pending Sales, Inventory and Lumber

After last week’s report of a solid 4.4 percent jump in existing-home sales in March, signed contracts to purchase homes split the other way, inching backward 0.8 percent. The reason, according to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, is simple:...