U.S. Pending Home Sales Rebound (+7.5% MoM) To Highest Level Of The Year, BUT 5th Straight Month Of Negative YoY)

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A forward-looking gauge of U.S. home purchases rebounded in October to a 10-month high, signaling steady housing demand despite growing affordability concerns among many prospective buyers.

The National Association of Realtors’ index of pending home sales increased 7.5% from a month earlier to 125.2, according to data released Monday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 1% advance.

But it is the fifth straight month of year-over-year declines.

Low mortgage rates and solid job growth have supported housing demand this year as pandemic-weary buyers seek more spacious accommodations. Existing home sales are on track to exceed 6 million in 2021, which would be the strongest in 15 years, Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said.

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Yes, humongous stimulus from The Federal Reserve will help push existing home sales to exceed 6 million in 2021.

Still, competition over a scant number of listings — particularly on the lower, more affordable end of the resale market — has pushed prices out of reach for many prospective buyers. Builders have struggled to fill the void as supply-chain delays and labor shortages upend construction schedules, exacerbating the inventory crunch.

Yes, inventory of homes available for sale is almost 1/3rd of the homes available in 2010.

Ten years after ... and we have progressively less inventory available.

 

 

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