A new study from the nation’s leading real-estate agent advocacy group shows how the partial federal government shutdown is curbing economic activity.
The National Association of Realtors surveyed its members and found 11% reporting an impact on current clients and another 11% reporting an impact on potential clients.
The study of 2,211 members did find, notably, that 75% of agents found no impact. Still there were a number of ways the government shutdown impacted the market.
Of those that reported an impact, 25% was when a buyer decided not to buy because of government uncertainty. That question specifically excluded federal government employees deciding not to buy.
The survey did find 9% of agents said they were impacted because a federal government employee opted not to buy.
But there are other factors at work as well: some 17%, for instance, reported a closing delay due to a USDA loan, 13% reporting a delay due to IRS income verification and 9% reported a closing delay due to a hang up for their FHA loan, all showing the outsized role the federal government plays in the housing market.
After primetime speeches Tuesday from President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, there was no movement toward ending the shutdown that started on Dec. 21.