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REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: March 2015 Survey Highlights

A monthly survey of  REALTORS® about their transactions in March 2015 indicated a pickup in market activity and more widespread confidence compared to conditions in February 2015 and a year ago. The seasonal uptick in market activity during spring and summer,...

Demand for Homes Continues to Outstrip Supply

REALTORS® continue to report that supply remains low compared to demand, according to the January 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. The Buyer Traffic Index registered at 56, while the Seller Traffic Index was at 41.  An index greater than 50...

Housing Demand from Population Growth

The most boring economic statistical trend is U.S. population. It grows by one percent each year, a gain of about 2 to 3 million. The trend arises from about 4 million live births and about 2 million deaths in...

Housing Related Retail Sales

In each Economic Update, the Research staff analyzes recently released economic indicators and addresses what these indicators mean for REALTORS® and their clients. Today’s update discusses retail sales. Sales at Furniture, Home Furnishing, and Appliance stores have been soft...

Pent-Up Demand

The short-term outlook is weak, with the first quarter existing home sales figures to be down by about 5 to 8 percent from one year before. Severe winter weather, inventory shortage, higher mortgage rates, and tight credit availability are...