U.S. home buyers signed fewer contracts to purchase existing homes in August, as higher mortgage rates and higher home prices weighed on housing affordability. So-called pending home sales fell 1.6 percent month-to-month, according to the National Association of Realtors, but are still 5.8 percent higher from a year ago.
The Realtors warned earlier this month that the increase in closed home sales in August (signed contracts in June or July) was the, “last hurrah,” as agents were reporting a steep drop in buyer traffic last month. These pending contracts generally take one to two months to close and therefore indicate slower final sales for the fall.
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