Wednesday, June 27, 2012

NAR: Pending Home Sales Up in May

The latest Pending Home Sales Index of the National Association of Realtors -- with data through May 2012 -- was released June 27. The Index tracks the number of properties under contract nationwide and by region. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says longer term comparisons of pending home sales show the most relevance.  “The housing market is clearly superior this year compared with the past four years.  The latest increase in home contract signings marks 13 consecutive months of year-over-year gains,” he said.  “Actual closings for existing-home sales have been notably higher since the beginning of the year and we’re on track to see a 9 to 10 percent improvement in total sales for 2012.”

  • Annually: contracts increased 13.3% over May 2011

  • Monthly: contracts rose 5.9% from April to May.

  • Northeast - pending home sales rose 4.8% from April to May and are 19.8% higher than May 2011

  • Midwest - showed a monthly increase of 6.3% and rose 22.1% over last year

  • South - contracts are up 1.1% in May and increased 11.9% above May 2011

  • West - showed a rise of 14.5% in May and increased 4.8% over a year ago

The Pending Home Sales Index has continued to show a steady increase in contracts activity in 2012.

  • April 2012 - contracts increased 14.4% over April 2011
  • March 2012 - a rise of 12.8% was reported over March 2011
  • February 2012 - contracts jumped 9.2% over February 2011
  • January 2012 - rose 8% over January 2011

The increase in pending home sales as the summer housing market gets underway indicates buyers are becoming more motivated as mortgage rates drop and sectors of the economy slowly show signs of improvement.

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