Tag Archive for Sales Contracts

Listed House Sale Closings Rose 74,000 in March, Prices up 5% in Month, 2.5% in Year

The NAR reported today that their members settled 361,000 house sales in March (actual, not seasonally manipulated), up 74,000 from February. The median price rose 5.27% versus February and was up 2.5% versus March 2011. This was the largest monthly percentage price gain since June 2005. The year over year gain was the first significant…

Home Sales Contracts Better than Media, NAR report

The mainstream financial media is widely misreporting the NAR’s Pending Home Sales data this morning, simply parroting the NAR’s seasonally manipulated data. As it turns out, the NAR is screwing its own pooch because the actual, not manipulated data is actually much better than the seasonally smoothed numbers imply. That’s not to say sales are…

The Trouble With Case Shiller

The mainstream media wasted hours reporting on and analyzing the Case Shiller Housing Index today. Did even one pundit mention what’s wrong with the Case Shiller data? If Dow Jones used the methodology to report the Dow Industrials that Standard and Poors uses to construct the Case Shiller Index (CSI) the Dow would be reported…