A continued shortage of available homes on the market impeded California pending home sales in July, but pending sales were still higher from the previous year for the 15th straight month, CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported today.
Pending Home Sales:
C.A.R.’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* fell 4.2 percent from a revised 121.2 in June to 116.1 in July, based on signed contracts. Pending sales were up 2.8 percent from the 113.0 index recorded in July 2011. July marked the 15th straight month that pending sales were higher than the previous year, but July’s year-over-year increase was the smallest in the past year. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, providing information on the future direction of the market.
“We continue to see a strong demand for housing, but the California market is being hindered by a lack of inventory and multiple offers on what little inventory that is available,” said C.A.R. President LeFrancis Arnold. “The shortage of inventory has had the most dramatic effect in the REO market, where the available inventory stands at a 1.5-month supply and the share of REO sales dropping 35 percent over the past year.”
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