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Existing Home Sales: Lawler vs. the Consensus


Housing economist Tom Lawler has been sending me his predictions of what the NAR will report for almost 13 years.  He has graciously allowed me to share his predictions with the readers of this blog.

The table below shows the consensus for each month, Lawler’s predictions, and the NAR’s initially reported level of sales.  Lawler hasn’t always been closer than the consensus, but usually when there has been a fairly large spread between Lawler’s estimate and the “consensus”, Lawler has been closer.

The NAR is scheduled to release Existing Home Sales for January on Tuesday at 10:00 AM, February 21st.  The consensus is for 4.10 million SAAR in January. Tom Lawler estimates the NAR will report sales of 4.18 million SAAR.
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Over the last 12+ years, the consensus average miss was 144 thousand (median 110 thousand), and Lawler’s average miss was 72 thousand (median 60 thousand).

Note on Median Prices: Lawler has also been very close on median prices, and he expects the NAR to report prices up “about 2.4% from last January”.
Existing Home Sales, Forecasts and NAR Report
millions, seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR)MonthConsensusLawlerNAR reported1May-106.205.835.66Jun-105.305.305.37Jul-104.663.953.83Aug- Jul-205.395.855.86Aug-206.005.926.00 Sep-206.256.386.54Oct-206.456.636.85 Nov-206.706.506.69Dec-206.556.626.76 Jan-216.606.486.69Feb-216.516.296.22 Mar- Jun-215.905.795.86 Jul-215.845.865.99Aug-215.885.905.88 Sep- Nov-216.206.456.46Dec-216.456.336.18 Jan-226.126.366.50Feb-226.165.976.02 Mar-225.805.745.77Apr-225.625.575.61May-225.415.355.41 Jun-225.405.125.12 Jul-224.884.904.81Aug-224.704.84 4.80 Sep-224.694.824.71Oct-224.394.494.43 Nov- 1NAR initially reported before revisions.

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