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Pending Home Sales Up – Sign of Hope For Real Estate Market?

Pending home sales up

good newsAccording to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales (based on number of contracts signed) are up 1% from November to December and is 10.9% from December 2008. After a rough November that resulted in a 16.4% drop from October, the small rise in December speaks volumes of buyer sentiment and willingness as the pendulum looks to be slowing as it nears the center.

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun noted that “there are easily understood swings in contract activity as buyers respond to a tax credit that was expiring and was then extended and expanded. 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.”

The almighty tax credit

Yun said that “while new-home sales will remain low due to a lack of construction, existing-home sales are projected to rise to around 5.6 million in 2010.” According to the NAR, in 2009, there were 5.16 million existing home sales.

With the NAR’s television commercial campaign promoting the tax credits, consumers are informed of the credits and likely have a firm grasp on their impermanence. But what happens when they’re gone? D.R. Horton anticipates making adjustments for a slow down but independent agents don’t have the pockets that the nation’s second largest builder does, so will agent savings go up? Will vendor services be cut later this year as a knee jerk reaction? Will demand even slow down?

Regardless of the outcome and whether or not there is a storm, it looks like right now, there is a calm.

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Cool Springs Real Estate

    February 6, 2010 at 12:13 am

    The real estate and homes for sale here in Cool Springs has been pretty cool for some time, although we haven’t had the foreclosures other areas of the country have suffered. Most of Nashville’s real estate market has been pretty healthy with the exception of a few areas that were overbuilt and other that had over appreciated.

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