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Thursday, May 27, 2021

NAR: Pending Home Sales Decreased 4.4% in April

by Calculated Risk on 5/27/2021 10:03:00 AM

From the NAR: Pending Home Sales Drop 4.4% in April

Pending home sales took a step backward in April, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four U.S. regions recorded year-over-year increases, but only the Midwest witnessed month-over-month gains in terms of pending home sales contract transactions.

The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings, fell 4.4% to 106.2 in April. Year-over-year, signings jumped 51.7% as last year's pandemic-related shutdowns slumped sales to an all-time low. An index of 100 is equal to the level of contract activity in 2001.
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The Northeast PHSI declined 12.9% to 85.3 in April, a 96.5% jump from a year ago. In the Midwest, the index increased 3.5% to 101.1 last month, up 39.4% from April 2020.

Pending home sales transactions in the South fell 6.1% to an index of 128.9 in April, up 45.3% from April 2020. The index in the West decreased 2.6% in April to 92.0, up 57.3% from a year prior.
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This was well below expectations of a 1.2% increase for this index. Note: Contract signings usually lead sales by about 45 to 60 days, so this would usually be for closed sales in May and June.