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Pending Home Sales

Down 2.5

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Pending home sales fell to their lowest levels in nearly a year as the brisk rise in mortgage rates and low inventory discouraged would-be buyers.

Read the full news release.

Next release: Pending Home Sales for December 2016 will be released on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.

The Pending Home Sales Index (PHS), a leading indicator of housing activity, measures housing contract activity, and is based on signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos and co-ops. Because a home goes under contract a month or two before it is sold, the Pending Home Sales Index generally leads Existing Home Sales by a month or two.


Monthly Index

The monthly index covers the past 12 months for the nation and four regions. The data includes seasonally adjusted as well as not seasonally adjusted figures.

For printing: PHSI Overview Chart (PDF: 17 KB)

For database work: PHSI Overview Chart (MS Excel: 38 KB)


U.S. Economic Outlook (PDF: 27.9 KB)

Seasonally-Adjusted Historical Files

Each year, the National Association of Realtors revises Seasonal Adjustment Factors and Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate data with the February release of revised (final) December data. Data affected by this Annual Seasonal Factor revision includes national and regional data for: 

  • Seasonally Adjusted Pending Home Sales Index 

In the Annual Seasonal Factor revision, seasonally adjusted data and components affected by seasonally adjusted data for the past 3 years is revised (i.e. the 2017 release of revised December 2016 data will include revisions for 2014, 2015, and 2016). 

Revision data files from last year are currently available: 
Seasonally-Adjusted Historical Files (MS Excel: 34 KB)

Historical Information

Historical data can be purchased in the REALTOR® Store.




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Next Release

Pending Home Sales data for December will be released on Monday, January 30, 2017.

NAR Research Data Release Dates

October Pending Home Sales

In this video, Lawrence Yun talks about broad contract activity across the country, effects of rising mortgage rates, median time on market, and forecasts for 2017.