Pending home sales rise 2.4 percent in July

Pending home sales improved with the seasonally adjusted national index climbing 2.4 percent since June while increasing 12.4 percent above the level seen in July 2011.

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    This chart shows the national pending home sales index on a year over year basis over the past decade. Pending home sales have climbed 2.4 percent since June, yet another sign that the housing market is recovering.
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Today, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Pending Home Sales Report for July showing that pending home sales improved with the seasonally adjusted national index climbing 2.4% since June while increasing 12.4% above the level seen in July 2011.

Meanwhile, the NARs chief economist Lawrence Yun points out that there has been no 15 consecutive months of annual gains suggesting that buying activity is on the mend:

"While the month-to-month movement has been uneven, more importantly we now have 15 consecutive months of year-over-year gains in contract activity ... All regions saw monthly increases in home-buying activity except for the West, which is now experiencing an acute inventory shortage,"

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The following chart shows the seasonally adjusted national pending home sales index along with the percent change on a year-over-year basis as well as the percent change from the peak set in 2005 (click for larger version)

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