At the national level, housing affordability is down slightly from last month but up from a year ago. Mortgage rates were down from last month at 4.30 percent this April, and down 7.7 percent compared to 4.66 percent a year ago.
Home prices are rising at a modest pace, at 3.6 percent nationally as of April 2019. However, the pace of price appreciation varies significantly across metro areas, with highly expensive metros ($700,000 or over) showing price declines and less expensive metro areas, usually with the median list price at $400,000 or below, are showing strong price gains.
Accounting for nearly 17 percent of the GDP, real estate is clearly a major driver of the U.S. economy.
April’s pending home sales pace was down 1.5 percent last month and fell 2.0 percent from a year ago.
Wages are broadly rising faster than inflation in all industries, except for manufacturing and transportation and warehousing.
There continues to be a price mismatch between homebuyers and sellers, according to REALTORS® who responded to NAR’s April 2019 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.
Amid sustained economic expansion and the lowest unemployment rate since 1953, commercial property prices are still broadly trending upwards although at a modest pace compared to past years.
REALTORS® report “low inventory” and “construction” as the major issues affecting transactions in April 2019.
NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this April, modestly fell 0.4 percent from March 2019. April’s sales of existing homes dropped 4.4 percent from April 2018. April’s existing-home sales reached a 5.19 million seasonally adjusted annual rate.
The Research team presented the committee-directed redesigns and findings of several surveys and data projects to the Research Committee.