Pending home sales decrease in August

Pending home sales declined 1.6% in August, still a 5.8% increase from August of last year. 

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Robert ReichGuest blogger /
September 27, 2013

Pending home sales declined with the seasonally adjusted national index falling 1.6% from July but increasing 5.8% above the level seen in August 2012.

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Yesterday, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Pending Home Sales Report for August showing that pending home sales declined with the seasonally adjusted national index falling 1.6% from July but increasing 5.8% above the level seen in August 2012. 

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Robert Reich

Robert is chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Clinton. Time Magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written 13 books, including “The Work of Nations,” his latest best-seller “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future,” and a new e-book, “Beyond Outrage.” He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.

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Meanwhile, the NARs chief economist Lawrence Yun is suggests rising interest rates (as a  result of the Feds “tapering” debacle) worked to motivate spring buyers but now that the seasonal surge is over, lower home sales are expected:

“Sharply rising mortgage interest rates in the spring motivated buyers to make purchase decisions, culminating in a six-and-a-half-year peak for sales that were finalized last month … Moving forward, we expect lower levels of existing-home sales, but tight inventory in many markets will continue to push up home prices in the months ahead.”

The following chart shows the seasonally adjusted national pending home sales index along with the percent change on a year-over-year basis as well as the percent change from the peak set in 2005 (click for larger version). 

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