Wednesday, June 27, 2012

NAR: Pending home sales index increased 5.9% in May

by Calculated Risk on 6/27/2012 10:04:00 AM

From the NAR: Pending Home Sales Up in May, Continue Pattern of Strong Annual Gains

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 5.9 percent to 101.1 in May from 95.5 in April and is 13.3 percent above May 2011 when it was 89.2. The data reflect contracts but not closings.

The index also reached 101.1 in March, which is the highest level since April 2010 when buyers were rushing to beat the deadline for the home buyer tax credit.

The PHSI in the Northeast increased 4.8 percent to 82.9 in May and is 19.8 percent above May 2011. In the Midwest the index rose 6.3 percent to 98.9 in May and is 22.1 percent higher than a year ago. Pending home sales in the South increased 1.1 percent to an index of 106.9 in May and are 11.9 percent above May 2011. In the West the index jumped 14.5 percent in May to 108.7 and is 4.8 percent stronger than a year ago.
This was above the consensus of a 1.2% increase for this index.

Contract signings usually lead sales by about 45 to 60 days, so this is for sales in June and July.