NAR Archive

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 in the middle innings of monetary policy normalization. Interest rates that the Fed directly controls – the federal...

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...

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall on HUD’s Potential Changes to its Mission Statement

The following is a statement from NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall regarding the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s potential plans to remove anti-discrimination language from its current mission statement: “As Realtors® join with our industry partners, allies and consumers throughout 2018...

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall to USA Today: Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment

The following is a submitted Letter to the Editor by NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall addressing the highly debatable claim made last week by a USA Today guest columnist that homeownership is a lousy investment. This letter to the editor...
February 27, 2018

Instant Reaction: January Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s release from the U.S. Commerce Department on January new home construction: “Terrific news on housing starts in January with a solid 10% gain. This rise in single-family...
February 16, 2018

Instant Reaction: December Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on December employment conditions: “The job market continues to improve, but at a decelerating pace. The year 2017 ended with 2.1...

Instant Reaction: November Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on November housing starts: “A welcoming trend is developing in the housing sector as builders are able to bring more supply to the...
December 19, 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

Instant Reaction: Q3 GDP

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department release on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the third quarter: “Economic growth of 3% in the third quarter is quite impressive in light of...

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...