Economist Commentaries Archive

Homebuying in San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle Sill Strong Despite Steep Prices

Tight supply has led to higher price growth, especially in the metro areas of San Jose- Sunnyvale-Sta. Clara, Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue. Given the steep increase in home prices, an interesting question is whether demand is starting to wane given...

REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: October 2017 Highlights

The REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI) survey gathers monthly information from REALTORS® about local real estate market conditions, characteristics of buyers and sellers, and issues affecting homeownership and real estate transactions.[1] This report presents key results about market transactions from...

Thanksgiving 2017: How family and friends can influence the home purchase

This Thanksgiving we look at how recent buyers are choosing their homes, and how their friends and family can influence their decision. While we don’t all get to see our families every day, for many home buyers having the...

Growth of Property Values

Home price appreciation and depreciation is an important topic in today’s economy. Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), we can analyze the gains and losses of property values over time. Looking at the 2005 – 2016 period,...

September 2017 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is up from last month but down from a year ago. Mortgage rates increased to 4.15 percent this September, up compared to 3.78 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year...