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The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions. In addition, the "Questions of the Month," feature results of a timely aspect of the housing market.

Note: the REALTOR® Confidence Index is provided by NAR solely for use as a reference. Resale of any part of this data is prohibited without NAR's prior written consent.


  • Properties were typically on the market for 36 days (44 days in February 2019).
  • First time buyers accounted for 32 percent of sales (32 percent in February 2019).
  • Cash sales made up 20 percent of sales (23 percent in February 2019).
  • REALTORS ® report “low inventory” as the major issue affecting transactions in February 2020.


2020 Census

The decennial census is important for all REALTORS® because completing the 2020 census means more resources for businesses and communities.


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