Nationwide Pending Home Sales On The Rise

The Mountain Life Team Blogger May 5, 2009

For the second consecutive month, the number of homes under contract to sell increased — further evidence that housing markets may have already bottomed.

As reported by an industry trade association, the Pending Home Sales Index rose by 3-plus percent last month.

A “pending” home is one that’s under contract but has yet to close.  This is one reason why the Pending Home Sales Index is an imperfect statistic.

Just because a home is under contract doesn’t mean it will actually sell.  A lot can go wrong between the date of agreement and the date of closing.  Deals fall apart all the time.  But, when the number of pending contracts rises, we can infer that buy-side demand for homes is strong.

It’s likely that the number of homes under contract is being influenced by a combination of low mortgage rates, relatively inexpensive homes, and various tax credits for certain homebuyers.  Overall, it’s spurring demand and that’s part of what’s captured by the Pending Home Sales Index.

So long as the demand for homes outpaces its supply, home prices are expected to rise.

We are experiencing the same here in the North Georgia Mountain Real Estate Market. Pending Home Sales are on the rise and there has been a flurry of activity lately. I certainly hope that it continues. If you are looking to buy a Home For Sale in Blairsville Georgia, or possibly a Cabin For Sale in Blue Ridge, GA., please give me a call at 706.633.8186, or you can email me at Chad@EmailMyRealtor.com.

Make it a GREAT day!