Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Pending Home Sales Down

by Tanta on 5/01/2007 12:21:00 PM

The latest weather report is out on Pending Home Sales. Via CNN:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Problems in subprime mortgages caused a sharp drop in home sellers being able to find buyers for their homes in March, according to a trade group report Tuesday that showed the battered real estate market was much weaker than expected.

The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index fell 4.9 percent in March, following a 1.1 percent increase in February. The index was down 10.5 percent from the March 2006 reading. . .

"Although the weather improved in March, we're starting to see the effects of a decline in subprime lending and tighter lending standards," said a statement from David Lereah, the chief economist for the trade group. "Home sales will be relatively sluggish in the second quarter, but a modest uptrend should resume during the second half of this year."