Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Another Widely Regarded Housing Index Posts Largest Gain in Two Year
I just wanted to share this post regarding another key housing index that has shown signs of improvement.
All of the realtors that work in Hoboken and downtown Jersey City that I've talked to have commented that things are heating up again and all of the widely regarded reports are showing the same trend.
Pending home sales have leveled from a market swing driven by response to the home buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in December, increased 1.0 percent to 96.6 from 95.6 in November, and remains 10.9 percent above December 2008 when it was 87.1. In November, the monthly index had fallen by 16.4 percent from surging activity in preceding months.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said it’s important to recognize how the tax credit is skewing market data. “There are easily understood swings in contract activity as buyers respond to a tax credit that was expiring and was then extended and expanded,” he said. “These swings are masking the underlying trend, which is a broad improvement over year-ago levels. December activity was the fifth highest monthly tally in two years.”
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