Lawrence Yun

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Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist

Lawrence Yun is a Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of Realtors. He oversees the production of existing home sales statistics and the popular Home Buyer and Home Seller survey reports. He regularly appears on CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg Television, and is often quoted in the media.[1][2][3] Yun is also a frequent speaker at Real Estate conferences throughout the United States. In March 2008, USA Today listed him among the top 10 economic forecasters in the country.[4] At the time, when most economists were calling for another major declines in the housing market, Yun predicted that the housing market could stabilize with home buyer tax credit. Four years later, that rebound has yet to materialize according to some analysts, though actual data show home sales, housing starts, and Case-Shiller home prices either showing modest increases from 2009 or showing essentially no meaningful change. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. Dr. Yun appears often as a guest on CSPAN’s Washington Journal and is a regular guest columnist on the Forbes website .

Yun has been with NAR since 2000. Prior to that, he worked as an economic consultant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. While a research associate at the University of Maryland from 1995 to 1998 with the funding from the United States Agency for International Development, Yun helped develop a graduate economics curriculum and lectured at several universities in the former Soviet Union as that country transitioned from communism to a market-based economy.

Yun was born in South Choella Province of South Korea. After immigrating to the U.S. at a young age he attended primary and secondary schools in South Carolina. He received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University and then subsequently received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, studying under Professors Dennis Mueller and Mancur Olson.

Lawrence Yun and his wife Alla reside in Arlington, Virginia. Their son is off to college.

Yun followed his predecessor David Lereah, who has been widely criticised and discredited in the media and in the realtor(r) community. Yun has also been at times criticized for his predictions on the housing market. [5] His talks at national real estate conventions often draw a large crowd as his promotion of NAR's advocacy positions have often been adopted by Congress and the Administration.[citation needed]

His commentaries on the economy and the real estate market are on NAR Research website.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Zibel, Alan (September 24, 2008). "Realtors say existing home sales fell in August". Associated Press.[dead link]
  2. ^ Mantell, Ruth (October 8, 2008). "Pending home sales index rises 7.4% in August". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  3. ^ Gary, Alex (February 22, 2008). "Real-estate researcher believes 'fear' is hurting housing market". Retrieved 2008-07-11.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Hagenbaugh, Barbara; Hansen, Barbara (March 17, 2008). "Economist expects Fed to cut rates at least a half-point". USA Today.
  5. ^ Coy, Peter (January 24, 2008). "Realtors' Lawrence Yun walks on the yunny side of the street". Hot Property at Business Week. Retrieved 2008-07-11.