April 9, 2019 – In my opinion, the AEI provides the most neutral analysis of the housing market. They likely have the most data. Unlike NAR, there is no bias. Below is their major announcement today. I hope you find their reports useful.
Just to be transparent – I am not a member of AEI (not even sure if such exists). I do not contribute to them. I have attended some of their meetings on housing.
New AEI dataset analyzes the 60 largest US metropolitan areas
Housing markets are inherently local, making them notoriously difficult to analyze due to the lack of reliable data at the local level. A new dataset from the AEI Housing Center, the first in a series of quarterly reports, aims to fill this void by analyzing housing market data for the 60 largest US metropolitan areas, as well as for the nation as a whole. The current dataset looks at housing data from 2018:Q4.
AEI Housing Center Codirector Edward Pinto and Senior Research Analyst Tobias Peter explain “Our goal is to provide the public, media, and decision makers with accurate and reliable metrics to assess the state of their local housing market in near-real time. A well-informed market place and its participants will aid in promoting sustainable homeownership.”
Among the national Housing Market Indicators for 2018:Q4:
- Rate of house price appreciation (HPA): 3.9%
- Mortgage risk index: 11.1%
- Share of buyers of entry level homes: 55%
- Average sale price for entry level homes: $197,000
- Share of new construction sales (compared to all home sales): 11.2%
The Housing Market Indicators for the 60 largest US metropolitan areas, along with all associated data, are available on an interactive website here.
This was made possible by AEI’s new merged property and mortgage financing national dataset, which consists of over 34 million home purchase transactions.
The data are updated quarterly. The next release of Housing Market Indicators, which will analyze housing data for 2019:Q1, is scheduled for May.
Codirector, AEI Center on Housing Markets and Finance