Lawrence Yun Archive

Existing-Home Sales Backpedal in May

Existing-home sales fell back in May for the second straight month; sales fell 0.4 percent to seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.43 million in May from a downwardly revised 5.45 million in April. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says a...

Instant Reaction: May Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s release from the U.S. Commerce Department on May new home construction: “New home construction activity soared to its highest level in over a decade, which is fantastic...

Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Statement

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the Federal Reserve’s decision today to raise short-term interest rates: “We are still in the middle innings of rising interest rates; consumers should expect another three or four rounds of interest...

Instant Reaction: May 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 May: “Housing demand will be supported by the continuing job gains even as mortgage rates rise....

Pending Home Sales Fall in April, Third Lowest Level Since 2017

After modest increases in February and March, pending home sales dipped in April to their third-lowest level over the past year, according to NAR. The Pending Home Sales Index declined 1.3 percent to 106.4 in April from an upwardly...

Instant Reaction: S&P/Case-Shiller March Home Prices

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s S&P/Case-Shiller release on March home prices: “The solid gain home prices of 6.5% in March added roughly $150 billion to housing wealth during the month. But the continuing run-up...
May 29, 2018

Pending Home Sales Increase 0.4 Percent in March, Inventory Restraints Remain

The Pending Home Sales Index inched up 0.4 percent to 107.6 in March from a downwardly revised 107.2 in February. Even with last month’s increase in activity, the index declined year-over-year (3.0 percent) for the third straight month. Lawrence Yun,...
April 30, 2018

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

Instant Reaction: Q1 Homeownership Rate and S&P/Case-Shiller

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s S&P/Case-Shiller release on February home prices: “There is no let-up to rising home prices. The Case-Shiller Index and National Association of Realtors® median home price both show gains of...
April 24, 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