From RealTrends.com: The Pending Home Sales Index rose 6.0 percent to 110.9 based on contracts signed in April, from an upwardly revised 104.6 in March, and is 22.4 percent higher than April 2009 when it was 90.6. That follows gains of 7.1 percent in March and 8.3 percent in February.
Pending home sales are at the highest level since last October when the index reached 112.4 and first-time buyers were rushing to beat the initial deadline for the tax credit. The data reflects contracts and not closings, which usually occur with a lag time of one or two months.
Pending Home Sales Index by region:
Northeast: jumped 29.5 percent to 97.9 in April and is 24.5 percent above a year ago.
Midwest: rose 4.1 percent to 104.2 and is 17.9 percent above April 2009.
South: slipped 0.6 percent to an index of 123.9, but is 31.3 percent higher than a year ago.
West: increased 7.5 percent to 107.9 and is 12.0 percent higher than April 2009.