Pending Home Sales Index

Yahoo  Aug 28  Comment 
Americans signed more contracts in July to buy previously-owned homes than in any month in almost a year, suggesting the housing market was pulling out of its slump more quickly than expected. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) said on...  Aug 8  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Pending home sales rebounded in July and have now risen in four of the last five months, according to the National Association of Realtors. The NAR's Pending Home Sales Index climbed 3.3 percent to 105.9 in July...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 28  Comment 
By Dave Kranzler: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released its Pending Home Sale Index for June today (July 28). It showed an unexpected decline of 1.1% from May's index level. Taking into consideration that June is supposed to be the...  Jun 30  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - With lower mortgage rates and increased inventory accelerating the market, the National Association of Realtors released a report on Monday showing that pending home sales rose by much more than anticipated in the month of...
Clusterstock  Jun 30  Comment 
It's a huge, holiday-shortened week for the American economy, as tons of data will be coming out. The flood starts today. Here's what's coming up, via Calculated Risk: • At 9:45 AM ET, the  Chicago Purchasing Managers Index for June ....  May 29  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Pending home sales in the U.S. increased for the second consecutive month in April, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Thursday, although pending sales rose by much less than economists...  Apr 28  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Pending home sales in the U.S. rebounded by much more than anticipated in the month of March, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Monday. NAR said its pending home sales index surged up...
Clusterstock  Apr 28  Comment 
This is going to be a very busy week for the economy. Today it starts with two datapoints. Here they are, via Calculated Risk: • At 10:00 AM ET,  Pending Home Sales Index for March . The consensus is for a 0.6% increase in the...  Mar 27  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Pending home sales in the U.S. decreased for the eighth consecutive month in February, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Thursday. NAR said its pending home sales index dropped by 0.8...
Yahoo  Feb 28  Comment 
The National Association of Realtors said its pending home sales index, based on contracts signed last month, rose 0.1 percent to 95.0 in January. "Ongoing disruptive weather patterns in much of the U.S. inhibited home shopping," Lawrence Yun,...


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The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) is released by the National Association of Realtors to measure housing contract activity. Released during the first week of each month, the index is based on signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos and co-ops. A pending sale is not counted as a sale until the transaction is closed. Hence, one must understand that pending home sales index is a leading indicator for existing home sales, not new home sales. It only helps to predict actual home sales activity as pending home sales generally become existing home sales one to two months later.[1]

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Both pending home sales and existing home sales dipped because of the credit crunch in 2007.[2]

Why is it important?

The index not only provides a gauge for housing demand, but also economic strength. Increase in the index shows that people are in good financial positions to purchase new homes. Furthermore, this index has a powerful multiplier effect through the economy. The multiplier effect can be seen from the realtor's point of view and also from the home buyer's point of view. Each time a home is resold, it will generate income for the realtors. Increase in income will lead to more consumption opportunities. As for the home buyers, consumer spending will also increase since they will have to purchase furniture and electrical appliances to furnish the new home. Trends in the pending sales data also has direct influence on stocks of home builders, mortgage lenders, and home furnishing companies.[3]


  1. National Association of Realtor: Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)
  2. The big picture: Pending home sales index falls 6.8%
  3. Econoday: 2010 Economic Calendar
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