NAR produces housing statistics on the national, regional, and metro-market level where data is available. All current data produced by NAR is available on nar.realtor. For indicators on state, city, and county levels, please contact state and local REALTOR® associations.
For more information, use the links below to see each indicator’s methodology page. You will also find a list of resources on our Research and Data FAQ page. All historical reports and data can be found in the REALTOR® Store.
NAR releases national and regional existing-home sales price and volume statistics on or about the 25th of each month. Each report includes data for 12 months and annual totals going back three years. Reports are available for existing single-family homes, condos, and co-ops. Both median and average prices are included.
Pending Home Sales Index
This leading indicator for housing activity is released during the first week of each month. The index measures housing contract activity. It is based on signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos, and co-ops.
Housing Affordability Index
The Housing Affordability Index measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on the most recent monthly price and income data.
REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve and Score
The REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve and Score measures housing affordability at different income percentiles for all active inventory on the market. For each state, REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve shows how many houses are affordable to households ranked by income while REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Score is the measure which is intended to represent affordability for all different income percentiles in a single measure.
Metropolitan Median Home Prices and Affordability
NAR releases statistics on metropolitan area housing affordability and metropolitan area median home prices each quarter. Two separate price reports reflect sales prices of (1) existing single-family homes and (2) condominium and cooperative homes by metropolitan statistical area (MSA). A quarterly qualifying income report shows the income that is needed to qualify to purchase the median priced existing single-family home in each metro area given a variety of downpayment assumptions. To find the annual housing affordability index by MSA, see the “Housing Affordability Index” data.
Home Buyers and Sellers by Metropolitan Statistical Area
NAR created home buyer and seller profiles for individual metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., covering demographics and home characteristics. The information provided helps to give insight into homeownership trends at the local level.
County Median Home Prices and Monthly Mortgage Payment
To calculate median home values for 3,119 counties and county-equivalents in the United States, NAR applied the House Price Index growth from FHFA to the latest housing data from the American Community Survey (ACS). Home values represent the value of all homes instead of home sales.
Monthly mortgage payments by county are based on the following mortgage rates: 3.0%, 3.5%, and 4.0%.
Housing Shortage Tracker
This measure computes how many new permits are issued for every new job for 178 metro areas.