U.S. June pending home sales up 5.3 percent

August 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Home sales contracts signed in June unexpectedly rose, boosting an index of pending sales to the highest level since October, though it was well below the year-ago level, a real estate trade group said on Thursday.

The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in June, was up 5.3 percent to 89.0 from a downwardly revised 84.5 in May.

It was the highest reading for the index since October, when it was at 89.8.

Some analysts said the main reason for the June improvement might be that banks were aggressively marking down prices on foreclosed properties to get them off their books. But even that is a sign that housing markets are being brought into order.

“There are some bottom feeders coming in to buy some of these homes in distressed situations,” said Andrew Richman, managing director for SunTrust’s personal asset management division in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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