housing supply 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: February Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on residential construction in February: “The fall in housing starts in February is a movement in the wrong direction. The key to economic...

WATCH: Realtors® February Housing Minute

Despite stronger buyer interest in most of the country, extremely tight inventory conditions and weakening affordability caused both existing-home sales and pending sales to decline in January. Watch below or visit https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to watch a 60-second, animated video from...
February 28, 2018

WATCH: Realtors® December Housing Minute: A 50-Second Video of Market Activity

Fueled by strong job growth and the strengthening economy, existing-home sales and contract signings both increased in November. Visit (or watch below) https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to watch a 50-second, animated video from the National Association of Realtors® summarizing how the housing market...
December 29, 2017

November Sales Surprise to a Near 11-Year High; Contract Signings Also Rise

In what reflects the significant amount of pent-up demand in today’s housing market, existing-home sales surged in November to their strongest pace since December 2006. Good news was also found in November’s pending sales data.  Whether it’s been weakening...
December 27, 2017

Instant Reaction: November Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on employment conditions in November: “November marked another impressive month for the labor market, adding up to now over 2 million...

WATCH: Realtors® November Housing Minute

Existing-home sales and contract signings saw strong gains in October, but both remained below year ago levels because of the persistent supply and affordability barriers in much of the country. Watch above, or visit https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to view a 56-second,...
November 30, 2017

The Anatomy of a First-time Buyer in 2017

Prospective first-time buyers in recent years have had to navigate several obstacles on their path to homeownership, including higher rents and home prices, tight inventory conditions and repaying student loan debt. These impediments are a big reason why first-timers...
November 14, 2017

NAR’s 2018 Housing and Economic Forecast

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun presented his 2018 economic and housing forecast this morning here at the 2017 Realtors® Conference and Expo in Chicago. Yun expects existing-home sales to rise 3.7 percent next year. However, there are some caveats. Low...
November 3, 2017

Instant Reaction: Q3 Homeownership Rate and S&P/Case-Shiller

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to today’s reports on the U.S. homeownership rate in the third quarter and August home prices (S&P/Case-Shiller). “The American Dream of home ownership remains elusive, as the third quarter figure shows little...