Economist Commentaries Archive

REALTORS® Report Improvement in Most Markets in January 2015

Local markets broadly picked up across all property types in January 2015 compared to December 2014, although activity was more modest compared to a year ago, according to the January 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. The indexes for the...

Private Capital Returns as FHA Contracts

With the recent changes to the FHA’s pricing, it’s worth reviewing the FHA’s impact on the market. There are a number of ways to measure the FHA’s market share. No matter which method is chosen, the FHA’s market share...

Existing Home Sales to Non-Resident Foreigners

REALTORS® sell homes both to resident and non-resident foreigners.  How have sales to non-resident foreigners been, given that major parts of the world have been in economic slowdowns and that the value of the dollar has been appreciating? The...

Latest Case Shiller Housing Price Index

Today, Case Shiller released their housing price index data for December 2014 which showed that house prices rose 4.3 percent from December one year ago for the 10-city composite, 4.5 percent for the 20-city composite, and 4.6 percent for...

REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: January 2015 Survey Highlights

The information provided by REALTORS® about local market conditions in January 2015 indicated a broad uptick in confidence and market activity compared to that in December 2014. REALTORS® reported more buyer activity in their markets on the heels of...