Pending Home Sales Fall, But Still Holding Most of 2019's Gains

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April's pending home sales had been expected to build on the gains posted in two of the three previous months, but they retreated instead. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said its Pending Home Sale Index (PHSI), a measure of newly signed home purchase contracts, fell 1.5 percent from its March level. The Index, with a 104.3 reading, was down from 105.9 the previous month. The consensus of analysts surveyed by Econoday had been for an 0.5 percent increase in the PHSI. Forecasts ranged from -1.8 to 1.5 percent. Pending sales were down in three of the four major regions, and the April decline put year-over-year contract signings 2.0 percent behind those of April 2018. It was the 16 th straight month that pending sales had failed to improve on those a year earlier. The PHSI is a...(read more)

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