housing market Archive

Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Statement

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to today’s Federal Reserve decision to raise interest rates: “The era of super-low mortgage rates is over and consumers will face higher interest rates over the next two years. Another...
September 26, 2018

Instant Reaction: July Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report on the employment situation in July: The economy is rolling along and jobs are being created. Though the latest monthly...
August 3, 2018

FEMA Officials, Realtors® Participate in Dialogue on National Flood Insurance Program

David Stearrett, director of the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate at the Federal Emergency Management Administration, led a panel discussion with fellow FEMA staff today at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. The panel focused on the...

Instant Reaction: Q1 GDP

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on Q1 GDP: “The continuing economic expansion assures further job creations and household formations. However, the latest GDP growth rate (of 2.3%) is short of...
April 27, 2018

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