Economist Commentaries Archive

May Pending Home Sales

NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that May’s pending home sales index is up for the fifth consecutive month. May’s pending sales are up 0.9% from last month and improved 10.4% from a year ago...

How REALTORS® Get Leads on International Buyers

Contacts and referrals were the most important source of leads of purchases by international buyers, accounting for about 56 percent of responses, according to NAR’s 2015 Profile of Home Buying Activity of International Clients.  Website/online listings accounted for 20...

Mortgage Application Data (June 24th, 2015)

This blog post was written by La Shawn Skeete. La Shawn is a Summer Research Intern, and is currently studying at The University of Maryland, College Park pursuing a degree in Economics.  Seasonally adjusted mortgage loan applications increased 1.6% from the week ending...
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June 26, 2015

State Unemployment Claims Decrease in Most States

This blog post was written by Erin Fitzpatrick. Erin is a Summer Research Intern and is currently studying at George Washington University pursuing a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science. Initial claims for unemployment insurance increased slightly...
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June 26, 2015

In What States Did Properties Sell Quickly in March-May 2015?

In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, NAR asks REALTORS® “For the last house that you closed in the past month, how long was it on the market from listing time to the time the seller accepted the buyer’s...