Pending home sales jump to six-year high in May

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Pending home sales jumped in May to reach a six-year high, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. The NAR’s pending home sales index climbed 6.7% to 112.3 in May, from a downwardly revised 105.2 (from 106.0) in April. The index was up 12.1% from May 2012 levels. The NAR said the rise in mortgage rates has prompted some would-be buyers to move. “Even with limited choices, it appears some of the rise in contract signings could be from buyers wanting to take advantage of current affordability conditions before mortgage interest rates move higher,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the NAR. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing. The NAR upgraded its median price forecast for 2013 to nearly $195,000 from exceeding $190,000 and its existing home sales forecast to a seven-year high of 5.07 million from “about” 5 million.

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2 Responses to “Pending home sales jump to six-year high in May”

  1. Thanks for the post

  2. James William says:

    As we, as a society, grow older, we are going to have to figure out how to keep the money
    flowing in while still living in our own homes. A good bit of news coverage has focused recently on a concept called “reverse mortgages.” It is only available to people 62 years of age and older. Instead of putting money into a home’s equity, they are drawing the capital out by getting a monthly check. When the person dies, the lender gets paid.

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