Lawrence Yun Archive

Instant Reaction: July Housing Starts

Below is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce report on July housing starts: “The housing shortage in America will intensify if new construction remains as lackluster as it was in July. The softening multifamily housing starts...

WATCH: July Housing Minute

  Homes continued to sell quickly in June, but the lean inventory levels in many markets caused existing-home sales to shift downward. The news was better for pending home sales, as contract activity increased last month for the first...

Instant Reaction: Q2 GDP

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on Q2 GDP: “The second quarter GDP growth rate was still unimpressive despite doubling the pace from the first quarter. The latest 2.6%...

Instant Reaction: Q2 Homeownership Rate

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Census Bureau report on the homeownership rate in the second quarter: “The homeownership rate rose by a decimal point to 63.7% over the quarter, but there...

An Early Summer Cooldown for Housing

The 1.8 percent decline in existing-home sales in June should come as no surprise if you closely follow NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, which have declined for three straight months. Activity has been weaker lately because prospective buyers continue...

Instant Reaction: June Housing Starts

Below is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce report of a June rebound in housing starts: “Though a recovery in housing starts in June is welcome news, more consistent gains are needed to help...

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....

Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Statement

Below is the following statement from NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun on the Federal Reserve’s decision today to hike short-term interest rates: “The latest rate hike is partly justified from ongoing economic expansion and also a steadily falling unemployment...

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...