Could Higher Home Values Be Lurking On The Horizon?

The Mountain Life Team Blogger December 4, 2009

Pending Home Sales Data Forecasts Higher Home Values Ahead

When a home seller accepts a contract on an MLS-listed property, the property’s status changes from “Active” to “Pending”.

This means the home is scheduled to sell, but not yet sold.

Each month, the National Association of Realtors® tallies the number of pending homes and publishes the data as the Pending Homes Sales Index report.

In October, for the 9th straight month, the index gained. It’s the longest such streak in Pending Home Sales history.

Because a “pending” home sale is just a contract between buyer and seller, it’s not as important to the economy as actual home sales.  However, the Pending Home Sales Index can be a fine predictor of future activity.

Historically, 80 percent of homes under contract “close” within 60 days, and most others close within 120 days. Recent Existing Home Sales data corroborates this.  Home sales activity is at its highest pace in nearly 3 years.

The Pending Home Sales Index does have some shortcomings, though:

1. It doesn’t account for newly constructed homes, a small but important part of the real estate market

2. It doesn’t track For Sale By Owner properties and other non-MLS listed homes

3. Its sample set is small, measuring just 20 percent of all MLS-listed sales

Despite this, however, Pending Home Sales is a terrific measure of real estate market strength.  Homes are going under contract at a dizzying pace. It’s thinning out home inventory supplies and pressuring prices to rise.

This chain reaction is what makes Pending Home Sales Index worth tracking. As the number of homes under contract increase, home prices can’t be far behind.

I am hopeful that these national statistics and predictions will hold true for the Value of Homes in the North Georgia Mountains. If I can assist you with any of  your Real Estate needs in the North Georgia Mountains, please Contact Me or just pick up the phone and give me a shout! My number is 706.994.8686. I would be grateful for the opportunity to assist you with those needs. Should you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please bother me!

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