PendingHomeSales 1stLd-Writethru 04-08 Web
Pending homes sales hit new low
WASHINGTON — An industry group said today that pending U.S. home sales fell in February to the lowest reading since the index began, signaling the housing market distress is not yet over.
The National Association of Realtors’ seasonally adjusted index of pending sales for existing homes fell to 84.6 from January’s upwardly revised reading of 86.2. The index stood at 107.6 in February 2007.
Wall Street economists surveyed by Thomson/IFR had predicted the index would inch up to a reading of 86.3.
A reading of 100 is equal to the average level of sales activity in 2001, when the index started. The previous low was August’s reading of 85.8, recorded at the height of the credit crunch.