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November New Home Sales at 31-Month High

New home sales jumped 4.4 percent in November to 377,000, the highest level since April 2010, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Thursday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected the report to show a sales pace of 375,000.

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Pending Home Sales at Highest Level Since March 2007

The number of homebuyers committing to sales contracts soared last month. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) says its Pending Home Sales Index for October skyrocketed to hit its highest mark in more than five years. The index jumped 5.2 percent from September to October to a reading of 104.8, its highest point since March 2007. Economists had expected a smaller increase to 100.5. Compared to October 2011, the index was up 13.2 percent, making it the 18th straight month of year-over-year gains.

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October New Home Sales Dip After Downward Revision for September

New home sales barely budged in October, dropping 0.37 percent to 368,000 after September’s report was revised sharply downward from an original 389,000 to 369,000, Census Bureau and HUD reported Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected the report to show a sales pace of 387,000.

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Pending Home Sales Barely Up in September

The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose ever so slightly in September, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday, tempering the much-heralded housing sector revival. The index inched up to 99.5, an improvement of 0.3 percentage points over August's 99.2. Economists had expected the index to jump 2.5 percent to 101.7. The NAR noted though the PHSI was up 14.5 percent since September 2011, the 17th straight month of year-over-year increases.

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September New Home Sales at 30-Month High

New home sales jumped 5.7 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted average annualized rate of 389,000, the highest rate since April 2010, the Census Bureau and HUD reported Wednesday. The month-to-month sales improvement was the strongest since February, when sales improved 27,000, or 8.0 percent. While sales numbers improved, both the median and average sales price of a new home dropped month-to-month. Sales were still up 27.1 percent from September 2011, the strongest year-over-year gain since February.

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Existing Home Sales Slip in September, Prices Up Year-over-Year

The housing sector hit a speed bump in September as existing home sales dipped, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. Existing home sales fell 1.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.75 million, the first decline in three months. The median price of an existing home was down 0.5 percent from August to $183,900, but the median price was up 11.3 percent from September 2011, the strongest year-year dollar increase since January 2006.

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August Pending Home Sales Dip After July’s Two-Year Peak: NAR

After reaching a two-year high in July, the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) fell in August to 99.2, the lowest level since April, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday. Analysts had expected the index to rise to 102.2. The index fell in three of the four Census regions. PHSI data are generally reflected in the report on existing home sales two months out, meaning the August PHSI points to weaker homes sales reported for October.

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Pending Home Sales Index Recovers in July

In another positive sign for the housing sector, the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose 2.4 percent in July to 101.7, its highest level since April 2010, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday. Economists had expected a 1.0 percent increase to 100.3.

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Florida Housing Market Continues Pickup in July

After seeing some of the worst of the housing crash, Florida is continuing its steady bounce back, Florida Realtors reported Wednesday. According to the group, the Sunshine State saw increases in pending sales, closed sales, and median prices in July, while inventory of homes and condos for sale dropped.

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Lack of Inventory Blamed for June’s Dip in Pending Home Sales

In another sign the housing sector may be languishing again —the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) dipped 1.4 percent in June to 99.3 from a downwardly revised 100.7 in May, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday. Economists had expected a 0.9 percent increase to 101.6. Prior to the recent drops, the PHSI had been rising steadily until April. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, blamed a lack of inventory for the drop in the index.

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