Pending home sales rebound in May

FOX Business’ Ashley Webster reports from Miami Beach, Florida

Pending home sales unexpectedly rebounded in May as a drop in mortgage rates lured buyers back into the market. 

The Pending Home Sales index rose 8% last month to 114.7, reaching the highest level since January, according to the National Association of Realtors. Contracts signed increased 13.1% year over year.

Analysts surveyed by Refinitv were expecting pending home sales to slide 0.4% in May after declining 4.4% the prior month. 

HOME PRICES SURGE BY MOST ON RECORD

“May’s strong increase in transactions – following April’s decline, as well as a sudden erosion in home affordability – was indeed a surprise,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “The housing market is attracting buyers due to the decline in mortgage rates, which fell below 3%, and from an uptick in listings.”

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate declined to 3.36% in May, down from 3.42% at the end of April. It fell…

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