The National Association of Realtors is reporting that pending home sales declined 1.3% in April, marking their lowest level over the past year. The NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index declined 1.3% to 106.4 in April, down from March’s revised number. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction hasn’t closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.
“Pending sales slipped in April and continued to stay within the same narrow range with little signs of breaking out,” he said. “Feedback from Realtors®, as well as the underlying sales data, reveal that the demand for buying a home is very robust. Listings are typically going under contract in under a month, and instances of multiple offers are increasingly common and pushing prices higher.” Said Lawrence Yun, the NAR’s chief economist.