Pending Home Sales Crash Most In 6 Years - 'Supply' Blamed

Following April's exuberant 6 year high bounce (revised lower from +5.1% to +3.9%), May saw pending home sales plunge 3.7% - the biggest drop since May 2010. Sales declined in all 4 regions (with a 4.2% plunge in Midwest to January lows). This is the first annual drop in home sales in 2 years (-0.2%) and realtors are blaming 'supply' on the slump... sure (and all that pent up demand).

Remember April...

 

Well May gave it all back...

 

And was revised drastically lower...

 

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says pending sales slumped in May across most of the country.

“With demand holding firm this spring and homes selling even faster than a year ago, the notable increase in closings in recent months took a dent out of what was available for sale in May and ultimately dragged down contract activity,” he said.

 

“Realtors® are acknowledging with increasing frequency lately that buyers continue to be frustrated by the tense competition and lack of affordable homes for sale in their market.”

Despite mortgage rates hovering around three-year lows for most of the year, Yun says scant supply and swiftly rising home prices – which surpassed their all-time high last month – are creating an availability and affordability crunch that’s preventing what should be a more robust pace of sales.

“Total housing inventory at the end of each month has remarkably decreased year-over-year now for an entire year,” adds Yun.

 

“There are simply not enough homes coming onto the market to catch up with demand and to keep prices more in line with inflation and wage growth.”