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REALTORS® Are Upbeat About the Outlook in the Next 6 Months

Confidence about the outlook for the next six months improved across all property types, according to the February 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. In the single family market, the REALTORS®  Confidence Index - Six-month Outlook  increased to 75 (72...

REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: February 2015 Survey Highlights

A monthly survey of  REALTORS® about their transactions in February 2015 indicated an improvement in most local markets despite harsher winter conditions. The REALTOR® Confidence Index-Current Conditions, the REALTOR® Confidence Index-Six-Month Outlook, and the Buyer Traffic Index all increased...

Credit Availability: Trends, Issues, and Implications for First Time Home Buyers

Presentation by Dr. Laurie Goodman, Urban Institute REALTOR® University Speaker Series Dr. Goodman presented an analysis of mortgage credit availability, concluding that lending standards have been excessively tight as a result of reactions to credit problems experienced during the...

Credit Conditions Still Difficult But Slowly Easing

Qualifying for a mortgage is still generally difficult, although becoming easier, according to the January 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.  Some respondents in states such as TX, CA, and NY reported that more people are qualifying for credit.  About...

Existing Home Sales Trends: A Two Graph Summary

Every month a variety of press commentary discusses NAR’s Existing Home Sales market data.  Can commentary about the housing outlook be summarized in a visually compelling graph?  The answer is “Yes”. Home sales on a 6/12-month rolling basis–i.e., total...