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Why Did Housing Market Potential Improve In April?

By Mark Fleming on May 20, 2019

The housing market continued to underperform its potential in April 2019, but the performance gap shrank compared with March. Actual existing-home sales remain 1.3 percent below the market’s potential, but the performance gap narrowed from 2.0 percent last month, according to our Potential Home Sales model. That means the housing market has the...

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Topics: Interest Rates, Federal Reserve, homeownership, Potential Home Sales

Two Trends Boost Home-Buyer Demand As Spring Home-Buying Season Begins

By Mark Fleming on April 18, 2019

While the housing market continued to underperform its potential in March 2019, the green shoots of spring home buying have emerged. Actual existing-home sales are 2.3 percent below the market’s potential, narrowing the gap from last month, according to our Potential Home Sales model. That means the housing market has the potential to support...

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Topics: Interest Rates, Federal Reserve, homeownership, Potential Home Sales

Why The Stage Is Set For A Stronger Spring Home-Buying Season

By Mark Fleming on March 21, 2019

In February 2019, the housing market continued to underperform its potential, but showed signs of promise leading into the spring home-buying season. Actual existing-home sales are 2.5 percent below the market’s potential, according to our Potential Home Sales model. That means the market has the potential to support 127,000 more home sales at...

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Topics: Interest Rates, Federal Reserve, Insider, homeownership, Potential Home Sales

How Homebodies Hold Down Home Sales

By Odeta Kushi on March 19, 2019

First American’s most recent Potential Home Sales model for January 2019 found a 5.7 percent decline in the market potential for existing home sales, compared to the previous year. Increasing tenure length (the length of time a homeowner stays in their home before moving) was the most prominent factor leading to this decline.

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Topics: homeownership, Potential Home Sales, tenure

Six More Months Of Housing Winter Or Early Spring Home-Buying Season?

By Mark Fleming on February 20, 2019

In the first month of the new year, the housing market continued to underperform its potential, but gave us signs of promise for the future. Actual existing-home sales are 5.3 percent below the market’s potential, according to our Potential Home Sales model. That means the market has the potential to support 293,000 more home sales than the...

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Topics: Interest Rates, Federal Reserve, Insider, homeownership, Potential Home Sales

Can Stock Market Volatility Help Home Buyers?

By Mark Fleming on January 21, 2019

In December, the market potential for existing-home sales in December increased 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 6.15 million compared with a year ago, but the housing market still underperformed its potential by 9.6 percent, according to our Potential Homes Sales Model. Month over month, the gap between actual...

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Topics: Interest Rates, Federal Reserve, Insider, homeownership, Potential Home Sales

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