Tag Archives: Existing Home Sales

The Leaking Tire of Existing Home Sales Continues and Slows the Speed of the Market (Though Still Highly Drivable) — Down 2.09 Percent Vs a Year Ago — Median Price Up 4.2 Percent

Existing home sales dropped for the fourth month in a row, down percent 4.1 percent in September 2018 versus a year ago to 5.15 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales were down from August 3.4 percent (SAAR).  On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the …Read more

Existing Home Sales Sputter Again in August 2018: Sales Down 1.5% on a Seasonally Adjusted Basis, But Median Prices Up 4.6 Percent

Existing home sales for the second month in a row dipped 1.5  percent in August 2018 versus a year ago to 5.34 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales were flat sequentially from July (SAAR).  On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the first eight months …Read more

How Much House $1 Buys — 1998-2008-2018

While much of the U.S. bricks and sticks retail industry is struggling, given the structural shift in shopping, not included in that disarray are stores where everything is $1.  I am also old enough to remember when my weekly allowance was $1.   A single dollar in those days, however, bought a lot more than today …Read more

Existing Home Sales Dip 1.5 Percent on a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate Year-Over-Year, Median Price Up 4.5 Percent — July 2018

Existing home sales dipped 1.5  percent in July 2018 versus a year ago to 5.34 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales shrunk 0.7 percent sequentially from June (SAAR).  On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the first seven months of 2018 totaled 3.153 million, down …Read more

Existing Home Sales in June 2018 Like a Slow Leaking Tire — Hard to Notice the Difference But the Dash Warning Light Just Illuminated

Existing home sale slipped 2.2 percent in June 2018 versus a year ago to 5.38 million sales on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales dipped 0.6 percent sequentially from May on a SAAR.  From an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the first six months totaled 2.631 million, …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Buyers From the North Midwest Fueling Florida, Colorado and Washington Luxury Housing Markets

There was much debate and rhetoric regarding the potential impact on higher-valued homes arising from passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Creation Act of 2017.    The thought was that by cutting the allowable interest deduction from $1 million of total loans on the primary and secondary home(s) to $750,000, along with limiting a total …Read more

Forecasts: Residential Refinance & Purchase Lending, 30-Year Conventional Mortgage Rates, Home Sales — June 2018

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.  Since 2018 is almost one-half over there is not too much deviation in interest rate expectations for the year, …Read more