US Pending Home Sales: February 2019

The US Pending Home Sales Index, reported Thursday by the National Association of Realtors, is a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts. The PHSI declined -1% from 102.9 in January to 101.9 in February, and was -4.9% below the level one year ago, marking the fourteenth straight month of declines on an annualized basis.
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Given a revised +4.3% gain last month, the National Association of Realtors stated the minor drop in February is not a major concern. Furthermore, NAR (and NAHB) expected monetary policy will remain unchanged — no interest rate increases in 2019. Even if there is a change, NAR anticipated the Fed will lower interest rates to stimulate the economy and the housing market.