Pending home sales rise in January, industry group reports

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By Alejandro Lazo

February 27, 2013, 7:52 a.m.


Pending home sales rose in January in every U.S. region except the West, according to new data.

The National Assn. of Realtors said that its index of pending sales — based on the number of home purchase contracts signed — rose 4.5% in January from the previous month and 9.5% from January 2012.

The index, at 105.9, is at it hits highest reading since April 2010, the month a popular tax credit for buyers was driving the market up.

 “Favorable affordability conditions and job growth have unleashed a pent-up demand,” Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the group, said in a news release.

The group expects higher home sales in the short term but sales growth will be muted because there are not enough homes available for sale, Yun said.

An index level of…

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