Tag Archives: Home Sales

Purchase & Refinance Lending Forecast April 2018

As we economists say, “forecasting is difficult, especially the future.”   Fortunately, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the MBA update their quarterly and annual forecasts monthly for residential lending volumes –  both refinance and purchase transactions.  Driving these lending forecasts is  the expectation of future interest rates.  As the following table shows, there is not perfect …Read more

March 2018 Existing Home Sales Down 1.2 Percent Vs a Year Ago — Median Price Up 5.8 Percent to $250,400 Driven By Minimal Inventory and Strong Demand

Existing home sales came in at  5.60 million dwelling units on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) in March 2018, down 1.2 percent versus a year ago but up 1.1 percent sequentially compared to February 2018, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).   On a raw unadjusted basis, sales totaled 434,000 in March 2018 …Read more

Existing Home Sales Ratcheted Up 1.1 Percent Vs a Year Ago in February 2018, Reversing a Miss in January — Despite Shrinking Inventory

Sales of existing homes ratcheted up 1.1 percent in February 2018 compared to a year ago, hitting a seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate (SAAR) of 5.54 million homes according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  On a raw unadjusted basis, home sales of 319,000 in February 2018 were up from 315,000 a year ago, …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Where Millennials are Buying Homes

Contrary to popular opinion, Millennials are buying homes today and the rate of homeownership among the demographic is going no place but up in the long run as they age.  Since 2016, Millennials have been the top homebuyer demographic cohort in the U.S. according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  In the latter half …Read more

Existing Home Sales Hit Highest Annualized Rate in almost 11 years in November 2017 – Median Price Up 5.8 Percent

Existing home sales posted a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 5.81 million dwelling units in November 2017, up 3.8 percent versus a year ago and the most seen since December 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).   Median price of $247,000 (not seasonally adjusted), posted a 5.8 percent gain versus a year …Read more

October 2017 Existing Home Sales Rebound from Hurricane Slump, Up 2.0 Percent Sequentially from Prior Month, (Seasonally Annualized), But Down 0.9 Percent Year-Over-Year

Existing home sales sprang back in October 2017, rising 2.0 percent (on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate) from the downward trend in September arising from Hurricane Harvey and Irma impacts, but remained off slightly (down 0.9 percent) from a year ago according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Median price was $247,000 (not seasonally …Read more