Economist Commentaries Archive

September 2018 Existing-Home Sales

NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this September was down 3.4 percent from last month, and dropped 4.1 percent from last year. September’s existing-home sales reached a 5.15 million seasonally adjusted annual...

How much of my income goes towards housing?

With rates rising and home price growth starting to slow, I started to consider how much income is used towards housing in this current economic climate. Mortgage rates are trending upwards to near the highs of 2011 at 4.98...

August 2018 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is up from last month but down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.78 percent this August, up 14.1 percent compared to 4.19 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from...

August 2018 Pending Home Sales

NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that August’s pending home sales pace was down 1.8 percent last month and fell 2.3 percent from a year ago. Pending sales represent homes that have a signed contract...

August 2018 Existing-Home Sales

NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this August was steady yet flat from last month, and dropped 1.5 percent from last year. August’s existing-home sales maintained a 5.34 million seasonally adjusted annual...