Pending Home Sales Declined 2.7% in May
Washington, DC, June 29, 2023-Pending home sales shrunk 2.7% in May from the previous month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Three U.S. regions posted monthly losses, while sales in the Northeast surged. All four regions saw year-over-year declines in transactions.
“Despite sluggish pending contract signings, the housing market is resilient with approximately three offers for each listing,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun, “The lack of housing inventory continues to prevent housing demand from being fully realized.”
The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)-a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings-dropped 2.7% to 76.5 in May. Year over year, pending transactions fell by 22.2%. An index of 100 is equal to the level of contract activity in 2001.
“It is encouraging that homebuilders have ramped up production, but the supply from new construction takes time and remains insufficient,” added Yun. “There should be more focus on boosting existing-home inventory with temporary tax incentive measures.”
The Northeast PHSI climbed 12.9% from last month to 66.7, a decrease of 21.9% from May 2022. The Midwest index dropped 5.3% to 74.4 in May, down 23.5% from one year ago.
The South PHSI decreased 4.4% to 94.4 in May, reducing 19.6% from the prior year. The West index lessened 6.1% in May to 58.4, falling 26.6% from May 2022.