Economist Commentaries Archive

Building the Buyer and Seller Relationship

Buyer and seller use of a real estate agent in the process of buying or selling a home remains at a historical high. On the buying side, 88 percent of buyers purchased a home while using a real estate...

Regional Income Growth Gains Importance

Mortgage rates eased in the second half of 2014 based on unrest in Eastern Europe and fear of an economic slowdown in Europe. This decline in rates has helped to improve affordability, but rates are expected to rise over...

Identifying Top Metro Areas Attractive to Baby Boomer Buyers

Metro areas with a lower cost of living and sunnier weather are poised to see an increased number of Baby Boomers moving in and buying a home as some delay retirement and remain participants on the labor market. NAR...

REALTOR® University Presentation: Cities & Suburbs Now and in the Future

Dr. Anthony Downs, Brookings Institution Summary by Jed Smith Managing Director, Quantitative Research Most Americans agree that traffic congestion is a major problem in their communities, and congestion seems to be getting worse.  In a REALTOR® University presentation Dr....

New Baby Boomer Release from NAR Research

WASHINGTON (December 10, 2014) – Metro areas with a lower cost of living and sunnier weather are poised to see an increased number of baby boomers moving in and buying a home as some delay retirement and remain participants...