US pending home sales fell again in April

US pending home sales fell again in April by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2017 8:02 am MDT Last Updated May 31, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Thursday, April 27, 2017, photo, an “Under Contract” sign is posted in front of a home for sale in Charlotte, N.C. On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the National Association of Realtors releases its April report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) WASHINGTON – Americans retreated from signing contracts to buy homes in April for the second straight month, a possible sign that a declining number of homes on the market are stifling sales during the traditional spring buying season.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its pending home sales index fell 1.3 per cent in April to 109.8, after slipping 0.9 per cent in March to 111.3. The index has fallen 3.3 per cent over the past 12 months.Potential buyers are crowding open houses in many neighbourhoods because there are fewer sales listings. Rising home values have not led more people to list their properties for sale, contrary to the expectations of many economists that great demand would lead to increased supplies. The number of properties for sale has plunged 9 per cent over the past year to 1.93 million, according to the Realtors in a separate report last week.Pending sales contracts are a barometer of future purchases. A sale is typically completed a month or two after a contract is signed.Signed contracts in April fell in the Midwest and South, stayed unchanged in the West and increased in the Northeast.

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