pending home sales Archive

Pending Home Sales See Modest Decrease in May

Pending home sales inched back 0.5 percent in May, falling on an annualized basis for the fifth straight month, according to NAR.  A decline in contract activity in the South offset gains in the Northeast, Midwest and West. Lawrence...
June 27, 2018

Pending Home Sales Fall in April, Third Lowest Level Since 2017

After modest increases in February and March, pending home sales dipped in April to their third-lowest level over the past year, according to NAR. The Pending Home Sales Index declined 1.3 percent to 106.4 in April from an upwardly...

WATCH: Realtors® April Housing Minute

Existing-home sales and contract signings both saw modest gains in March, even as low supply and higher mortgage rates continued to affect overall affordability. Visit https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to watch a 56-second, animated video from the National Association of Realtors® summarizing...

Pending Home Sales Increase 0.4 Percent in March, Inventory Restraints Remain

The Pending Home Sales Index inched up 0.4 percent to 107.6 in March from a downwardly revised 107.2 in February. Even with last month’s increase in activity, the index declined year-over-year (3.0 percent) for the third straight month. Lawrence Yun,...
April 30, 2018

WATCH: Realtors® March Housing Minute

Existing-home sales and contract signings both experienced meaningful increases in February despite higher mortgage rates, rising home prices and subpar supply levels in much of the country. Visit https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to watch a 60-second, animated video from the National Association...

WATCH: Realtors® November Housing Minute

Existing-home sales and contract signings saw strong gains in October, but both remained below year ago levels because of the persistent supply and affordability barriers in much of the country. Watch above, or visit https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to view a 56-second,...
November 30, 2017

August Housing Market Activity in One Minute

Looking for a quick recap of housing activity reported this month by NAR Research? Look no further than September Housing Minute, our animated video series highlighting key data in under one minute. Visit https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to watch all Housing Minute videos since...
September 28, 2017

NAR 2017 Home Sales Forecast Downgraded

Blame supply and affordability headwinds and Hurricane Harvey damage in Houston for August’s 2.6 percent decline in pending home sales. In the video below, I chat with NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun about why sales have stalled in recent...
September 27, 2017

WATCH: July Housing Minute

  Homes continued to sell quickly in June, but the lean inventory levels in many markets caused existing-home sales to shift downward. The news was better for pending home sales, as contract activity increased last month for the first...

Contract Activity Declines for Second Straight Month in April

The “double-whammy” of severely inadequate inventory conditions and home prices far outpacing incomes caused contract signings to slide last month. I sat down with NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun to discuss the reasoning behind the pending sales slowdown, what...