Another day, another strong report for housing. The Pending Home Sales Index climbed 2 percent in December, according to the National Association of REALTORSÂ®
The housing market continues to expand, and surprise.
The Pending Home Sales Index surged 10 percent in October as low mortgage rates and low home prices spurred buyers into action. The market looks different today, however.
So long as mortgage rates remain rock bottom, the autumn season is looking like a terrific time to buy.
Overall, buyers are being drawn into housing by low mortgage rates, affordable homes, and ample supply. If the August Pending Home Sales Index is foreshadowing the fall housing market, home prices appear slated to rise.
Just one week after reports of Existing Home Sales and New Home Sales plunging, the housing market signaled that the next few months may fare better than did May and June.
June's Pending Home Sales Index is weak by most measures, but if you're a home buyer, the headlines aren't so bad. Fewer home sales can push negotiation leverage to the buy-side of a transaction.
April marks the third straight month that pending home sales are up and today's buyers should take note. This is because, according to the National Association of RealtorsÂ®, 80% of homes under contract close within 60 days.
Standard & Poors released its Case-Shiller Index Wednesday. The report shows that, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, between December and January, home prices rose in more than half of the index's tracked markets. The strength of this month's Case-Shiller report, however, should be put in context.
Fewer homes went under contract in January as the housing market continues to limp through the winter months. According to the National Association of RealtorsÂ®, the Pending Home Sales Index fell to its lowest level in 3 quarters this January. By contrast, in October 2009, the index had touched a 3-year high.
Just one month after touching a 3-year high, the National Association of RealtorsÂ® Pending Home Sales index plunged in November. A "pending" home sale is a home that is under contract to sell, but has yet to close. The 16 percent drop marks the first retreat in Pending Home Sales since January of last year.