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June 2019 Market Report

People like fast reads in the summer, so I’ll keep it short. Local MLS data through the end of July 2019 showed supply constraint on Existing Home sales. Months-of-Inventory sat at 2.5, with total listings pegged at 1170. Compared YoY, that is over 200 fewer listings,...

May 2019 Market Report

May gives us mixed signals. We know that nationally, home builders are viewing the moment with confidence. We know from local MLS data that we are climbing the seasonal wave towards our usual Summer peak. But we also know that YoY May gave us a decrease of 2.7% in...

April 2019 Market Report

Let’s start wide. I know this is the April report, but econ data lags. (Math is hard.) On a national-basis, it appears YoY prices increased 3.7% in March. See here. CoreLogic further projects a 4.8% increase (YoY) for April. At least one industry economist is drawing...

March 2019 Market Report

Simon Johnson is an economics professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Business, a former Chief Economist at the IMF, and a well-known blogger at BaselineScenario.com. You can draw your own conclusions about where he lands politically, in part based on his publishing...

February 2019 Market Report

I want to take a quick glance at where we seem to be headed, at a national level, in regards to new home construction. I think there is a correlation between these two posts – the first post indicates that the national, publicly listed builders seem to be ramping up...

January 2019 Market Report

Looking at MSL date for January 2019, we see confirmation that over-all 2018 was slightly weaker than 2017 – I think, driven in part by a supply constraint, and by some volatility on mortgage rates, changes in the tax code related to home-ownership, and affordability...

December 2018 Market Report

Looking Local as we close out 2018. MLS Data shows market-wide Months-of-Inventory at 3.6, and down to 7.5 in the Luxury space. This is consistent with 3.9 in the same period of 2017. December also gave us a fourth month of Average Sold Prices above $200k ($205k in...

November 2018 Market Report

National commentators are having discussions around affordability. While Professor Schiller focuses on housing prices and calls the current market a great boom, others point out that in real terms housing activity doesn’t match up. In other words, you can price your...

October 2018 Market Report

Only local this month. Lubbock MLS data showed 1377 “For Sale” listings at the end of October. This is up from 1298, YoY. In a hint as to market-size and velocity, the 3.7 Months of Inventory is exactly the same as October 2017. Not so on the Luxury space (>$400k),...

September 2018 Market Report

Permit me a few thoughts on matters well outside the local market – namely tariffs and trade with China. Macroeconomic theory holds that the equilibrium-price between trade partners can be found – and even be relatively stable – despite trade tariffs when the market...