NAR: Pending Home Sales Index Increases 2.4%

From the NAR: July Pending Home Sales Rebound

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The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 2.4 percent to 101.7 in July from 99.3 in June and is 12.4 percent above July 2011 when it was 90.5. The data reflect contracts but not closings.

The PHSI in the Northeast increased 0.5 percent to 77.0 in July and is 13.4 percent higher than a year ago. In the Midwest the index grew 3.4 percent to 97.4 in July and is 20.2 percent above July 2011. Pending home sales in the South rose 5.2 percent to an index of 111.7 in July and are 15.6 percent above a year ago. In the West the index slipped 1.7 percent in July to 109.9 but is 1.3 percent higher than July 2011.

This was above the consensus forecast of a 1.0% increase for this index and is the highest level in two years (since the expiration of the housing tax credit).

Contract signings usually lead sales by about 45 to 60 days, so this is for sales in August and September.
Read more at http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2012/08/nar-pending-home-sales-index-increased.html#49XhbjgbDY0byMja.99

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