Economist Commentaries Archive

REALTORS® Reported Strong Buyer Traffic Amid Tight Supply in Many States in March‒May 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...

May 2016 Existing-Home Sales

NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity increased for the third consecutive month, as May’s existing-home sales reached the 5.53 million seasonally adjusted annual rate. May’s existing-home sales are up 4.5 percent from...

Highlights of May 2016 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey

Market conditions vary across local markets, but the REALTORS® confidence and buyer traffic indices indicate that market conditions were mainly “strong” rather than “weak” in May 2016, according to the May 2016 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report. The indices...

Regulations Hamper Bank Capital for Commercial Deals in REALTOR® Markets

Based on the Expectations & Market Realities in Real Estate 2016: Navigating through the Crosscurrents report—released by Situs RERC, Deloitte and the National Association of REALTORS®—commercial real estate (CRE) rode a wave of bullish capital markets in 2015. Large...

REALTORS® Are Generally Optimistic Over the Next Six Months as of May 2016 Survey

While local market conditions vary, REALTORS® remained generally confident about the outlook over the next six months, according to the May 2016 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report.[1] The following maps show the REALTORS® Confidence Index—Six-Month Outlook across property types...