Economist Commentaries Archive

Demographic Trend Lines in Housing: Exciting? Yes! Here’s Why

This year the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers will hit its 35 year birthday.  A lot can happen in 35 years!  The benefit to collecting home buyer and seller data for 35 years is that demographic changes become...

Vacancies Decline in REALTORS®’ CRE Markets

Commercial fundamentals in REALTORS®’ markets continued gaining strength during the second quarter of 2016. Based on NAR’s Commercial Real Estate Market Trends report, leasing activity advanced. With demand for commercial space rising, developers have taken note and ramped up...

35th Anniversary for the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

On October 31st, NAR will release the 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. NAR has been producing this survey research report since 1981. To mark the 35th year of publication, we will be highlighting some of the key...

Rural Housing Service: The Silent Surge

The 2014 HMDA data provide interesting market insights. The FHA continues to shrink giving way to an expanding conventional market. The most dramatic change from a decade ago is the role of the Veterans Administration, Rural Housing Service (RHS),...

Strategies for Aging in Place: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Housing Needs Today A REALTOR® University Speaker Series Presentation

America’s population is aging: in 2015, the 65 and over population accounted for about one in seven of the population; by 2030, this ratio will rise to one in five, and by 2060, the ratio will be nearly at...