Pending Home Sales Index Declined 2.2% in September
Washington, DC, October 29, 2020-The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) fell 2.2% to 130.0 in September, according to the National Association of Realtors. Year-over-year, contract signings rose 20.5%. An index of 100 is equal to the level of contract activity in 2001.
"The demand for home buying remains super strong, even with a slight monthly pullback in September, and we're still likely to end the year with more homes sold overall in 2020 than in 2019," said Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist. "With persistent low mortgage rates and some degree of a continuing jobs recovery, more contract signings are expected in the near future."
"Additionally, a second-order demand will steadily arise as homeowners who had not considered moving before the pandemic begin to enter the market," Yun said. "A number of these owners are contemplating moving into larger homes in less densely populated areas in light of new-found work-from-home flexibility."
Realtor.com's Housing Market Recovery Index, which reveals metro areas where the market has recovered or even exceeded its previous January levels, showed the greatest recoveries as of October 10 were in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington; Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts-New Hampshire.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California; Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada; and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California.