TheNational Association of Realtors (NAR)just announced that the FebruaryPending Home Sales Indexreached its highest reading since July 2015.
What is thePending Home Sales Index (PHSI)?
NARs PHSI isa forward-looking indicator based on contract signings.The higher thePending Home Sales Indexnumber, the more contracts have been signed by buyers that will soon translate to sales. Februarys Index rose 3.5% month-over-month to 109.1.
What does this mean for the market?
Lawrence Yun,NARs Chief Economistexplained:
"After some volatility this winter, the latest data is encouraging in that a decent number of buyers signed contracts last month, lured by mortgage rates dipping to their lowest levels in nearly a year and a modest, seasonal uptick in inventory."
"Looking ahead, the key for sustained momentum and more sales than last spring is a continuous stream of new listings quickly replacing what's being scooped up by a growing pool of buyers. Without adequate supply, sales will likely plateau."
So What Does This Mean For Buyers?
There is a lot of competition out there right now for your dream home. Prices are going to continue to climb, act now before you are priced out of your future home.
What Does This Mean For Sellers?
If you are on the fence about listing your home for sale and debating whether now is the time to move on with your plans of relocating don't wait!
There are more buyers that are ready, willing and able to buy their first, second, third, vacation, or investment property now than there has been in years! The supply of homes for sale is not keeping up with the demand of these buyers.
Listing your home for salenowwill give you the most exposure to buyers and the best sales price.
Whether you are planning on buying or selling a house this year, waiting to act no longer makes sense.