housing market Archive

Existing Home Sales Grew Slightly in March; Supply Shortage Continues

After two straight months of declines, existing home sales climbed 1.1 percent in March but it was a familiar story as low inventory and high prices kept sales activity to a level lower than a year ago, according to...
April 23, 2018

Instant Reaction: December Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department release on residential construction in December: “The latest decline in the volatile housing starts data is disappointing, but surely not lasting. New home construction...

2017 in Review: Housing Market Superlatives

The calendar may have turned to 2018 yesterday, but with one month of 2017 data remaining, here’s a look at some of the top housing highlights from last year: Strongest existing-home sales pace November: 5.81 million Slowest existing-home sales...

Instant Reaction: September Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department release on September housing starts: “The one month fall in new home construction, especially in the South region in light of Hurricane recovery, is...

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

Large Metro Areas Seeing Hefty Home-Price Gains

At a pace of 5.7 percent, home-price growth quickened in the final three months of 2016 (5.4 percent in the third quarter) amidst severe supply shortages in much of the U.S. Looking at some of the year-over-year gains in...
February 15, 2017

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: November Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to today’s U.S. Commerce Department report on November housing starts: “There’s little to cheer about regarding residential construction in November.  The fall in single-family housing starts offers zero relief to...
December 16, 2016

2017: Expect Higher Mortgage Rates, Slightly More Sales

2016 was a great year for the housing market. Existing-home sales are currently (as of October) at their strongest pace since February 2009, distressed sales reached an all-time low earlier this fall and first-time buyers finally gained some traction...
December 14, 2016

October Pending Sales Up Slightly. What About the Rest of the Year?

Last month, pending home sales eked out a small gain (0.1 percent). More notably, NAR Research’s index was 1.8 percent higher than a year ago and was up year-over-year in all four major regions. But… A lot has happened since...
November 30, 2016