Category Archives: Economist Commentaries

Raw Count of Home Sales (March 2017)

Existing-home sales rose 4.4 percent in March from one month prior while new home sales increased 5.8 percent.  These headline figures are seasonally adjusted figures and are reported in the news.  However, for everyday practitioners, simple raw counts of home sales are often more meaningful than the seasonally adjusted figures.  The raw count determines…
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Investor Soundness

In the wake of the housing crisis, vacation and investment buyers played an important role in sopping up excess inventory. As their participation wanes, the impact will vary around the country. Furthermore, deception and poor lending practices to some investors played a key role in fomenting the last crisis, so the robustness of their…
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Year-to-Year Comparisons of What Realtors® Have Been Saying About the Housing Market

This blog post was written by Karen Belita, Data Scientist. In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, the National Association of REALTORS® asks members if they have additional comments or information regarding the demand, demand-supply conditions, changing buyer profile and preferences, mortgage/credit issues, or other issues impacting the market in their own words. The…
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