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Always Important, Real Estate's Influence Grows

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The real estate industry has a significant role in the U.S. economy. Historically, real estate and related industries accounted for roughly 18% of GDP. While the economy slumped following the decline of the housing market, record low mortgage rates in 2012 and 2013 touched off a resurgence of home sales growth. As a result, prices have improved, boosting buyer confidence and spending on housing and related goods and services.

Existing-Home Sales Remain Soft in March

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WASHINGTON (April 22, 2014) – Existing-home sales were essentially flat in March, while the growth in home prices moderated, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest were offset by declines in the West and South.

Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-... Read More

Quiz: What Do You Know About Home Buyer Generational Trends?

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The questions and answers in this quiz were taken from the 2014 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends survey. This annual survey conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® provides insight into, and detailed information about, generational trends of home buyers and sellers.

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The Fiscal Cliff: What it Means for Real Estate

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NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun and Economist Danielle Hale discuss the Fiscal Cliff and what it means for real estate.

Infographic: Seller Tenure in Home, by Age Group

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The data in this infographic comes from the 2014 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report.

Video: Existing-Home Sales Spike in July

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In this video, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talks about the rise in home sales, the continued housing shortage, rise in home prices, job growth expectations, and underwriting standards.

Quiz: What Do You Know About Home Seller Generational Trends?

19 hours 22 min ago

The questions and answers in this quiz were taken from the 2014 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends survey. This annual survey conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® provides insight into, and detailed information about, generational trends of home buyers and sellers.

More About the Survey

Infographic: Type of Home Purchased by Age Group

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The data in this infographic comes from the 2014 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report.

Infographic: February 2014 Existing-Home Sales

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The information in this infographic is from February 2014 Existing-Home Sales data.

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Infographic: January 2014 Existing-Home Sales

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The information in this infographic is from January 2014 Existing-Home Sales data.

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Infographic: December 2013 Existing-Home Sales

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The information in this infographic is from December 2013 Existing-Home Sales data.

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Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2013, Investment Property Declines

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WASHINGTON (April 2, 2014) – Vacation home sales rose strongly in 2013, while investment purchases fell below the elevated levels seen in the previous two years, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

NAR’s 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey,* covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2013, shows vacation-home sales jumped 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000 last year from 553,000 in 2012. Investment-home sales fell 8.5 percent to an estimated 1.10 million in 2013 from 1.21 million in 2012... Read More

Multi-generational Home Buying

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The data in this infographic comes from the 2014 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report.

REALTOR® University Speaker Series: The Nation's Uneven Recovery of Wealth Across Households: Full Video

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Full Video: Dr. Richard Fry, Senior Economist with the Pew Research Center, discusses the importance of home equity and the uneven recovery of wealth of households in different net worth groups in the latest Realtor University Speaker Series.

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REALTOR® University Speaker Series: The Nation's Uneven Recovery of Wealth Across Households: Highlights Video

19 hours 22 min ago

Dr. Richard Fry, Senior Economist with the Pew Research Center, discusses the importance of home equity and the uneven recovery of wealth of households in different net worth groups in the latest Realtor University Speaker Series.

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Video: Pending Home Sales Remain Subdued

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In this video, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talks about signs of housing market stabilization and the factors that are preventing growth, such as lack of inventory, continued tight credit restrictions, rising prices without an accompanying rise in incomes, and lack of new homes being built.

February Pending Home Sales Continue Slide

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WASHINGTON (March 27, 2014) – Pending home sales declined for the eighth straight month in February, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Modest increases in the Midwest and West were offset by declines in the Northeast and South; all regions are below a year ago.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, dipped 0.8 percent to 93.9 from a downwardly revised 94.7 in January, and is 10.5 percent below February... Read More

REALTORS® Generally Expect Prices to Increase Modestly in the Next 12 Months

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REALTORS® generally expect prices to increase over the next 12 months at a modest pace with the median expected price increase at 3.9 percent, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index. Demand has slowed somewhat because of the increase in home values and the cost of borrowing from higher mortgage rates and mortgage insurance premiums for FHA loans. The modest pace of economic growth has also kept the lid on price growth.

Are Big Investors a Big Problem?

19 hours 22 min ago

The recent securitization of more than 3,000 single family homes has alarmed some housing analysts. NAR's Economists' Outlook blog explains what you need to know.

February Existing-Home Sales Remain Subdued

19 hours 22 min ago

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2014) – Home prices continued to show solid growth in most of the country due to limited inventory conditions, but rising prices and severe winter weather caused existing-home sales to slip in February, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes,... Read More