May 30, 2019
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contracts to buy previously owned homes unexpectedly fell in April, the National Association of Realtors said on Thursday.
The NAR’s pending home sales index dropped to a reading of 104.3, down 1.5% from the prior month. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast pending home sales would rise 0.9% last month.
March’s index was revised slightly higher to 105.9, the highest reading since July 2018.
Pending home contracts are seen as a forward-looking indicator of the health of the housing market because they become sales one to two months later.Compared to one year ago, pending home sales were down 2.0%, marking the 16th straight month of annual decreases.
(Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Paul Simao)