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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Pending Home Sales Index Falls 12%

by Calculated Risk on 9/05/2007 10:44:00 AM

From the NAR: Pending Home Sales Index Falls Largely on Mortgage Tightening

The Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in July, fell 12.2 percent to a reading of 89.9 in July from the June index of 102.4, and was 16.1 percent lower than July 2006 when it stood at 107.1.

Lawrence Yun, NAR senior economist, said abnormal factors are clouding the horizon. “It’s difficult to fully account for mortgage disruptions in the index, and our members are telling us some sales contracts aren’t closing because mortgage commitments have been falling through at the last moment,” he said.
The usual period from signing to closing is about 45 to 60 days for existing homes. This index is for contracts signed in July, so there will probably be some impact on the reported existing home sales for August (report due Sept 25th), but I think the real impact will show up in the report for September.