The Future of Appraisal: It’s Not Simple

Reports of delayed appraisals and rising appraisal costs flourished in 2016. In this article, we try to shed light on potential paths the industry might take moving forward given trends in demographics, training, and automation. This analysis suggests that...

May 2017 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is down from last month and down from a year ago. Mortgage rates increased to 4.01 percent this May, up compared to 3.83 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year...

Cash Comprises 30 Percent of Sales in REALTOR® Commercial Markets

Commercial real estate finds itself at the intersection of major global changes. Activity has remained moderate in the world’s economies, with further monetary easing continuing on several continents, according to the Expectations & Market Realities in Real Estate 2017:...

Home Sales for May 2017: Raw Count

Simple raw counts of home sales are often more meaningful than the seasonally adjusted figures.  The raw count determines income and helps better assess how busy the market has been. Existing home sales increased 1.1 percent in May from...

Consumer Perception: Homes Are Affordable Only to Those With Above Average Incomes

In the second quarter release of the Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) report, NAR asked consumers their thoughts and perceptions on housing affordability in their communities. The responses were nearly split down the line, where 49 percent of...