If You Think A Housing Bottom Is Close, Think Again!
Pending Home Sales Fell 8.6% in June
New home sales are recorded at signing. Existing home sales are reported at closing. Pending home sales in June is a leading indicator of the existing home sales reports for July and August.
The National Association of REALTORS® reports Pending Home Sales Fell 8.6% in June
- Pending home sales declined 8.6% from May as escalating mortgage rates and housing prices impacted potential buyers.
- Pending sales retreated in all four major regions, with the West experiencing the largest monthly decline.
- Compared to the previous year, contract signings dropped by double digits in each region as pending sales in the West were down by nearly a third.
Existing Home Sales
Lawrence Yun, the NAR’s chief economist commented “”Home sales will be down by 13% in 2022, according to our latest projection”
I’ll take the under, way under, although that huge spike in January will help the 2022 average, albeit with diminishing impact each month.
I don’t have precise monthly numbers for the first half of 2021 but my eyeball average estimate for 2021 is about 6250. If so, the first half of 2022 is down about 8.5 percent vs the average of 2021.
- July 19: Single-Family Housing Starts and Permits Dive Eight Percent in June
- July 20: Existing Home Sales Dive Another 5.4 Percent in June, Down Fifth Month
- July 26: Record Number of Homes Under Construction, the Alleged Shortage Will Vanish
- July 26: New Home Sales Crash 15 Percent From Original May Report, 8.1 Percent as Revised
- July 27: Pending Home Sales Fell 8.6% in June (This Post)
Cyclicals (durable goods and housing) tell us that a recession is underway.
For discussion, please see A Big Housing Bust is the Key to Understanding This Recession
There is no reason to expect a reversal in housing.
I believe a Recession Started in May.
Article posted with permission from Mish Shedlock