Highlights From the REALTOR Confidence Index

November’s decline represented a 10.5 percent drop from October’s downwardly revised total of 5.32 million

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

canstockphoto5341747confidence level(Janury, 5 2016) –  The REALTOR Confidence Index is released for November 2015. TRID, which became effective October 3, 2015, seems to be causing delayed closings, throwing a percentage of November sales into December. These are the highlights:

  • REALTORS® confidence and traffic indices indicate no substantial change in market activity in November 2015 compared to October 2015.
  • Compared to a year ago, market activity improved.
  • Sustained job creation, the low interest rate environment, and measures to reduce the cost of borrowing and make credit more accessible to responsible borrowers continue to bolster the housing market recovery.
  • However, the implementation of the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) regulations on October 3, 2015, appears to be delaying the settlement of contracts and impacting sales.
  • First-time home buyers accounted for 30 percent of sales, essentially unchanged from the previous months’ figures.
  • It typically took another 40 days to close a sale, up from 35 days in July 2015.
  • Tight inventories, decreased affordability, and more stringent credit standards continued to be reported as key issues affecting sales, especially of first-time homebuyers.

Get the complete report here: http://www.realtor.org/reports/realtors-confidence-index

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