Employment growth has been positive in all but 24 or of the 164 markets tracked by NAR Research over the 4-quarter period ending in March 2013.
Following on the solid 24 percent yearly gains in 2012, commercial investments were strong in the first quarter of 2013.
National vacancy rates over the coming year are expected to continue declining in most property sectors.
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In 2012, the typical home sold - based on median figures - was 1,860 square feet, one level, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and was built in 1996. Repeat buyers bought larger and newer homes than first-time buyers.
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NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun discusses the increase in pending home sales in April, 2013 and the likely effect of low inventory on home prices.
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talks about April existing-home sales and the market constraints for that month.
Pending home sales improved slightly in April and continue to be well above a year ago. Gains in the Northeast and Midwest were offset largely by declines in the West and South.
FHFA price data shows that home prices across the United States rose 6.7% from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.