An index of pending home sales fell in April for the first time in four months, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday.
An index of pending home sales fell in April for the first time in four months, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The index dropped 5.5% to 95.5 from a downwardly revised 101.1 in March. March's pending home sales index was initially reported to be 101.4. Yet pending sales are still 14.4% higher compared to one year earlier, NAR noted. "Home contract activity has been above year-ago levels now for 12 consecutive months. The housing recovery momentum continues," said Lawrence Yun, the trade group's chief economist. A sale is listed as pending after a contract is signed but the deal has not closed, though the purchase usually is completed within a few months. For the full year, NAR predicts that existing-home sales will reach 4.66 million, up from 4.26 million in 2011. And sales of existing homes are expected to climb to 4.92 million in 2013. Home prices, meanwhile, could rise 2%-3% in 2011 and 4%-5% in 2013, NAR forecast.