The National Association of Realtors is reporting that pending home sales were up 2.4% in February with the NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index (a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings) increasing to 111.5. In addition, they reported that year-over-year contract signings were up 9.4%.
“February’s pending sales figures show the housing market had been very healthy prior to the coronavirus-induced shutdown,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. He noted that the data does not capture the significant fallout from the pandemic or the measures taken to control the outbreak. “Numbers in the coming weeks will show just how hard the housing market was hit, but I am optimistic that the upcoming stimulus package will lessen the economic damage and we may get a V-shaped robust recovery later in the year.”