Pending home sales reverse two-month decline; inventory loosens heading into spring homebuying season
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 26) – With the statewide housing inventory slowly improving, California pending home sales picked up steam in January and reversed a two-month decline, but pending sales were still down from a year ago, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported today.
“We’re starting to see a turning point in the market as we approach the spring homebuying season. Home sellers realize that home prices are holding steady and are gearing up for the upcoming season by listing their homes for sale, while prospective home buyers are getting more comfortable with stabilizing home prices and interest rates and are entering the market,” said C.A.R. President Kevin Brown.
Pending home sales data:
• California pending home sales posted higher in January, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* jumping 22.9 percent in January to reach 84.8, up from a revised index of 68.9 in December, based on signed contracts. Pending sales were down 17.5 percent from the revised 102.8 index recorded in January 2013. The year-over-year decline was the fifth straight annual double-digit drop in the PHSI. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, providing information on the future direction of the market.
C.A.R.’s pending sales information is generated from a survey of more than 70 associations of REALTORS® and MLSs throughout the state. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, offering solid information on future changes in the direction of the market. A sale is listed as pending after a seller has accepted a sales contract on a property. The majority of pending home sales usually becomes closed sales transactions one to two months later. The year 2008 was used as the benchmark for the Pending Homes Sales Index. An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2008.