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Existing-Home Sales Up in June, Unsold Inventory Shows Continued Progress

July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (July 22, 2014) – Existing-home sales increased in June and reached an annual pace of 5 million sales for the first time since October 2013, while rising inventory continues to push overall supply towards a more balanced market, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Total existing-home sales1, which are completed... Read More

New Rule Protects Consumers, but Instills Caution

July 23, 2014

New lending rules (ATR/QM rule) that went into effect on Friday, January 10th, 2014 requires that originators make a good faith effort to verify a borrower’s ability to repay their mortgage and imposes stiff penalties if they do not. These rules make sense to protect the consumer, but can also give lenders pause.

Quiz: International Home Buying

July 23, 2014

The information in this quiz comes from the 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity.

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REALTOR® University Speaker Series: Financial Reform and Monetary Policy in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis

July 23, 2014

In this video, which is part of the REALTOR® University Speaker Series, Dr. Anthony Elson, Economist and Professor at John Hopkins and Duke Universities, gives a thorough overview of the current financial situation and what oversight should be put in place following the bubble and the Great Recession.

Infographic: Home Sales by Intended Use 2003-2013

July 23, 2014

This infographic shows home sales by intended use: primary residence, vacation property, and investment property for the years 2003-2013.

The data in the infographic comes from the 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey.

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Infographic: Visualizing Geographic Mobility by Region: 2006-2013

July 23, 2014

Within the wider context of regional economics, geographic mobility allows households to move from one area of the country to another for such things as more attractive job opportunities or better housing options. Over a period of time, movement of households limits the regional disparities of income and unemployment that would occur if moving was less frequent.

The above interactive dashboard lets you visualize Migration and Geographic Mobility data at the national and regional level collected from 2006 through 2013 as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS). Specifically, the... Read More

2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity Infographic

July 23, 2014

We live in a global marketplace. While all real estate is local, not all property buyers are. A significant share of home purchases are made by people whose primary residence is outside of the U.S. Find out which are the top five countries of origin for foreign buyers of U.S. homes, which states are attracting international buyers, and how these buyers are using the services of REALTORS®. This year's Profile examines purchases of real estate in the United States by international clients for the twelve-month period ending in March 2014.

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Key Facts: International Home Buying Activity

July 23, 2014

This blog post contains highlights from the 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity.

International Home Buyers Continue to Invest in Profitable U.S. Market, Realtors® Report

July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2014) – Favorable exchange rates, affordable home prices and rising affluence abroad continue to drive international buyers to the U.S. to purchase properties and make real estate investments.

According to the National Association of Realtors®2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity , for the period April 2013 through March 2014, total international sales have been estimated at $92.2 billion, an increase from the previous... Read More

Heartland Renewal? Immigrants, Their Children, and the Baby Boomer Transition

July 23, 2014

In this video, Dr. Rolf Pendall, Director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center for the Urban Institute, discusses the heartland renewal, the importance of the immigrant population in the recovery of the housing market, and what falling household formation means for the country.

Housing Market Forecast

July 23, 2014

The housing market is beginning to roar back. Existing home sales have risen for two straight months after suffering declines since the summer months of last year. The pending contracts also show robust gains, implying home sales will further rise over the near term. Also there is sizable pent-up housing demand looking to emerge. The timing is uncertain, but the pent-up demand implies home sales have much room to rise over the next few years.

REALTORS® Price Expectations by State in Next 12 Months

July 23, 2014

Expected price movements depend on local conditions relating to housing demand and supply, demographics, and job growth. The difficulty in accessing mortgage financing and modest expectations about overall economic and job prospects are factors underpinning the modest price expectation. The expected price growth was highest in states with low inventory levels, strong cash sales, and strong growth sectors (e.g., technology, oil).

Pending Sales Post Solid Gain in May 2014

July 23, 2014

In this video, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talks about the "virtuous cycle" that could be created by rising inventory, the rise in employment, and rise in sales in the coming months. He also discusses affordability, mortgage rates, and underwriting standards.

Pending Home Sales Surge in May

July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2014) — Pending home sales rose sharply in May, with lower mortgage rates and increased inventory accelerating the market, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four regions of the country saw increases in pending sales, with the Northeast and West experiencing the largest gains.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 6.1 percent to 103.9 in May from... Read More

The 5 Lowest-Cost U.S. Housing Markets in 2014 Q1

July 23, 2014
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Local Market Reports

NAR Research produces a series of Local Market Reports (LMRs) which provide insights into the fundamentals and direction of the nation's largest metropolitan housing markets. Each report evaluates a number of factors affecting home prices, including:

  • The health of the local job market
  • Foreclosure rates
  • Housing inventory
  • Debt-to-income and mortgage-servicing-costs-to-income ratios

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Is Student Debt Impacting the Housing Market?

July 23, 2014

Student loan debt is a growing concern for REALTORS®, because of its impact on household formation. What is NAR doing to address the issue of growing student debt? NAR's 2014 President, Steve Brown explains in his latest video.

The 49 percent of Americans who assess that having too much debt from college or student loans is a huge obstacle to home ownership is from National Association of REALTORS®, Housing Pulse Survey, July 2013.

The 29... Read More

The 5 Most Expensive U.S. Housing Markets in 2014 Q1

July 23, 2014
More Information Local Market Reports

NAR Research produces a series of Local Market Reports (LMRs) which provide insights into the fundamentals and direction of the nation's largest metropolitan housing markets. Each report evaluates a number of factors affecting home prices, including:

  • The health of the local job market
  • Foreclosure rates
  • Housing inventory
  • Debt-to-income and mortgage-servicing-costs-to-income ratios
... Read More

Existing-home Sales Up Solidly in May

July 23, 2014

In this video, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talks about rising inventory and how it is helping to moderate price growth. He also discusses the inevitable rise of interest rates, job growth, and the need for loosening of underwriting standards.

REALTOR® University Speaker Series

July 23, 2014

NAR Research, in conjunction with REALTOR® University, is pleased to present a free learning resource for REALTORS® and life-long learners alike. The REALTOR® University Speaker Series is a luncheon lecture series that is open to students, members, and the public. Each month, an expert on housing or the economy is invited to speak at the REALTOR® building in Washington, DC. For those that aren’t in DC, the series is also available on video.