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REALTOR® University Speaker Series

October 18, 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, D.C. For those that aren’t in D.C., the series is also available on video.

Existing-Home Sales Heat Up in May, Inventory Levels Continue to Improve

October 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2014) – Existing-home sales rose strongly in May and inventory gains continued to help moderate price growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four regions of the country experienced sales gains compared to a month earlier.

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

REALTOR® University Speakers Series: Long-Term Vacant Housing in the United States

October 18, 2014

In this video, Dr. Raven Molloy, Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors discusses Long-Term Vacant Housing in the United States, how it is calculated, and what it means for the health of housing supply and the housing market.

This video is part of the REALTOR® University Speaker Series.

See the presentation slides.

REALTOR® University Speaker Series: The Metropolitan Revolution

October 18, 2014

In this video, Brookings Institute Fellow Jennifer Bradley discusses the Metropolitan Revolution, what is necessary to create centers of innovation, and why Detroit is a surprising example of a Revolution in action.

The videos referenced in Ms. Bradley's talk can be found here:

Investors Remain Active in South Atlantic and Pacific Markets

October 18, 2014

Investors have been active participants in residential markets, especially after 2008. According to the April REALTORS® Confidence Index, 18 percent of respondents reported a sale to an investor. Taking a look over the past five years reveals that investors prefer specific regions of the country.

REALTORS® in the American Workforce, by State

October 18, 2014

The interactive map below allows you to look at the share of REALTOR® members by state and, by using the slider in the top left corner of the map, through time.

What stands out in the map, regardless of the year's data that you look at, is that there is geographic variation in the ratio of REALTOR® members to employed persons by state. If you take a look at this variation over time, you find that there is also some consistency in the shares by state.

Hawaii is a perennial leader, coming in with the highest share of REALTOR® members per employed persons in 19... Read More

Infographic: Home Buyers & Sellers: The Silent Generation

October 18, 2014

This infographic is about home buyers and sellers in the Silent Generation, born between 1925 and 1945. The information it contains comes from the 2014 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trends report.

Quiz: 2014 Member Profile Part 2

October 18, 2014

The questions and answers in this quiz were taken from the 2014 Member Profile. This annual survey conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® describes the business, transaction, and demographic characteristics of its members, and defines the property information needs of NAR membership. The Member Profile is available for download in our store. 

New Home Construction Needed to Match Job Creation, Improve Affordability in Majority of U.S.

October 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (June 10, 2014) – New home construction activity is currently insufficient in most of the U.S., and some states could face persistent housing shortages and affordability issues unless housing starts increase to match up with local job creation, according to new analysis by the National Association of Realtors®.

The labor market, which is a key to overall economic health, has recovered all of the eight million jobs lost since the recession. NAR measured whether new home construction has kept up with job creation to determine... Read More

Infographic: Home Buyers & Sellers: Older Boomers

October 18, 2014

This infographic is about home buyers and sellers in the Older Boomers age group, born between 1946 and 1954. The information it contains comes from the 2014 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trends report.

A Quick Review Of “Error Correction Models Of MSA Housing Supply, Elasticities: Implications For Price Recovery”

October 18, 2014

William C. Wheaton, Serguei Chervachidze and Gleb Nechayev have published the findings of their research in a paper titled “Error Correction Models of MSA Housing Supply, Elasticities: Implications for Price Recovery[1].” This is a summary of their findings in a sample of house price and stock data from 68 US metropolitan areas.

Quiz: 2014 Member Profile Part 1

October 18, 2014

The questions and answers in this quiz were taken from the 2014 Member Profile. This annual survey conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® describes the business, transaction, and demographic characteristics of its members, and defines the property information needs of NAR membership. The Member Profile is available for download in our store. 

Infographic: Home Buyers & Sellers: Younger Boomers

October 18, 2014

This infographic is about home buyers and sellers in the Younger Boomers age group, born between 1955 and 1964. The information it contains comes from the 2014 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trends report.

Latest State Employment Rankings

October 18, 2014

Employment is a consistently clear leading indicator for future home sales has been jobs. Simply put, more jobs mean more home sales.

Foreclosure Rate by State

October 18, 2014

The steady improvement in house prices and employment coupled with the 2013 refinance boom had a significant impact on foreclosures nationally. Across the country, the foreclosure rate fell dramatically. As depicted below, no state has seen an increase in its foreclosure rate over the 8-quarter period ending in the first quarter of 2014.

Infographic: Home Buyers & Sellers: Generation X

October 18, 2014

This infographic is about home buyers and sellers in the Generation X age group, born between 1965 and 1979. The information it contains comes from the 2014 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trends report.

Tight Mortgage Credit Weighs on Consumers

October 18, 2014

Tight credit restrictions can prevent consumers from getting a mortgage and making a home purchase. But over time, tight credit can impact a consumer’s expectations of the mortgage application process, reducing their willingness to even apply for a mortgage or to start the home search process.

2014 NAR Commercial Member Profile Infographic

October 18, 2014

 

Commercial Member Profile Report

Based on a random sampling of NAR’s Commercial members, the 2014 Commercial Member Profile gives a detailed overview of a variety of demographic characteristics and business practices of REALTORS® who specialize in commercial real estate. This infographic presents a sample of data from the report. Read the full report here.... Read More

Video: Pending Home Sales Edge Up in April

October 18, 2014

In this video, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talks about the rise in home prices, increase in inventory, and the cyclical nature of the housing market. He also gives short- and long-term forecasts.

Pending Home Sales Edge Up in April

October 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (May 29, 2014) – Pending home sales improved for the second straight month in April, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Gains in the Midwest and Northeast offset declines in the West and South.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 0.4 percent to 97.8 in April from 97.4 in March, but is 9.2 percent below April 2013 when it was 107.7.

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