California pending home sales retreat again in August; distressed market continues improvement
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 23) – Diminished housing affordability continued to hold back pending home sales for the fifth straight month in August as rising home prices contributed to a further reduction in the share of distressed home sales, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.
Pending home sales data:
• California pending home sales fell in August, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* dropping 4.5 percent from 104.5 in July to 99.8 in August, based on signed contracts. The month-to-month drop was inconsistent with the seasonal trend, which typically shows a slight increase from July to August.
• Pending sales were down 8.7 percent from the 109.3 index recorded in August 2013. The year-over-year decrease was in line with the six-month average of -8.9 percent recorded between February 2014 and July 2014. 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.