Economist Commentaries Archive

Home Buyers: Search Online For A Home, Close With An Agent

We are in a digital age and home buyers use the internet at various stages in their home search process. NAR data from the 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers shows that the first step in the buying...
December 2, 2016

October Pending Home Sales

NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that October’s pending home sales are up 0.1 percent from last month and also up 1.8 percent from a year ago. Pending sales are homes that have a signed...

State Job Growth Comparisons: October 2016

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Raw Count of Home Sales (October 2016)

Existing home sales rose 2.0 percent in October from one month prior while new home sales decreased 1.9 percent.  These headline figures are seasonally adjusted figures and are reported in the news.  However, for everyday practitioners, simple raw counts...

Student Loan Debt Hampering Home Buying: A Regional Perspective

The 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey is the second year we have collected data on the difficulty of saving for a down payment to buy a home and whether student loans were an impediment. In years...
November 29, 2016