Economist Commentaries Archive

REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: December 2014 Survey Highlights

The information provided by REALTORS® about local market conditions in December 2014 indicated a broad uptick in confidence and market activity compared to that in November 2014, according to the  December 2014 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. REALTORS® were also...

How are first-time homebuyers becoming more diverse?

Using data from NAR’s 2006-2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, we can examine how the demographics of first-time homebuyers have changed over the last 9 years. What do these numbers show us about the diversity of buyers, and...

Diversity of REALTOR® Members

Looking at data from NAR’s 2005-2014 Member Profile, we can see how the demographics of our members have changed over the last 10 years. Gender of REALTORS®: Since 2005 the distribution of gender has remained predominantly female. On average 42%...

EHS in 2014 by the Numbers – Part 4 – Popular Contract Dates

This blog post was written by Danielle Hale, Director of Housing Statistics, and Hua Zhong, Data Analyst. You probably know that recent home listings went under contract slightly more often on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.  Here is the data...

EHS in 2014 by the Numbers – Part 3 – Popular Listing Dates

This blog post was written by Danielle Hale, Director of Housing Statistics, and Hua Zhong, Data Analyst. You probably know that home listings go up most often on Thursdays and Fridays.  Here is the data to back up your...