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Nine Consecutive Gains Seen for Pending Home Sales
Dec 2, 2009
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Pending home sales in the U.S. have risen for nine months in a row, a first for the series of the index since its inception in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in October, increased 3.7% to 114.1 from 110.0 in September, and is 31.8% above October 2008 when it was 86.6. The rise from a year ago is the biggest annual increase ever recorded for the index, which is at the highest level since March 2006 when it was 115.2.

The PHSI in the Northeast surged 19.9% to 100.2 in October and is 44.2% above a year ago. In the Midwest the index rose 11.6% to 109.6 and is 36.6% higher than October 2008. Pending home sales in the South increased 5.4% to an index of 115.4, which is 31.6% above a year ago. In the West the index fell 11.2% to 127.7 but is 21.9% above October 2008.

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