Pending home sales up 6% from last year


Thursday, October 27th, 2011, 10:05 am

Pending home sales based on contract signings in September increased 6% from the year before, according to theNational Association of Realtors.

The index is based on signed sales of existing single-family homes, condos and co-ops. The transactions have yet to close, making it a forward-looking projection from the trade group.

Pending home sales were down 4.6% from the month before, but that is a typical seasonal drop. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun blamed a combination of weaker consumer confidence and tighter requirements from banks.

The index showed the highest increase from last year in the Midwest, with pending sales there 12.3% higher than they were last year. The area, however, showed the sharpest monthly decrease at 6.2%.

Pending sales in the Northeast were 4% above the year before, the smallest increase.

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