Economist Commentaries Archive

April 2016 Existing-Home Sales

NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that the housing market sales increased for the second consecutive month, as April’s existing-home sales reach the 5.45 million seasonally adjusted annual rate.  April’s existing sales are up 6.0 percent...

Rising E-Commerce Drives Industrial Demand

Economic activity momentum dropped in the first quarter of 2016. Real gross domestic product (GDP) advanced at an annual rate of 0.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis’s first estimate. International trade felt the impact of the...

Buyer and Seller Traffic Conditions by State in February‒April 2016

In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) asks members to rate the past month’s buyer and seller traffic in the neighborhood or area where they make most of their sales. NAR compiles the responses...

Small Cap Commercial Markets Maintain Momentum in 2016.Q1

Commercial sales transactions span the price spectrum, but tend to be measured and reported based on size. Commercial real estate (CRE) deals at the higher end—$2.5 million and above—comprise a large share of investment sales. Smaller commercial transactions tend...

Steady Progress on TRID

The average delay in time-to-close fell in April, marking the 4th consecutive month of improvement. On average, sales that closed in April took 3 days longer than the same time a year earlier. April’s reading is down from a...