Monday, August 29, 2011

Pending Home Sales decreased in July

by Bill McBride on 8/29/2011 10:00:00 AM

From the NAR: Pending Home Sales Slip in July but Up Strongly From One Year Ago

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, slipped 1.3 percent to 89.7 in July from 90.9 in June but is 14.4 percent above the 78.4 index in July 2010. The data reflects contracts but not closings.
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The PHSI in the Northeast declined 2.0 percent to 67.5 in July but is 9.7 percent above July 2010. In the Midwest the index slipped 0.8 percent to 79.1 in July but is 18.8 percent above a year ago. Pending home sales in the South fell 4.8 percent to an index of 94.4 but are 9.5 percent higher than July 2010. In the West the index rose 3.6 percent to 110.8 in July and is 20.6 percent above a year ago.
The consensus was for a 1% decrease in the index. This suggests existing home sales will stay weak.

Earlier:
Personal Income increased 0.3% in July, Spending increased 0.8%
Summary for Week Ending August 26th (with plenty of graphs)
Schedule for Week of Aug 28th