The rate of pending home sales fell 13.6 percent in September compared to the same month in 2005, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors, and was down 1.1 percent compared to August 2005. The Pending Home Sales Index, derived from pending sales of existing homes, fell to 109.1 in September -- the lowest level so far this year. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed and the transaction has not closed, the association noted, and pending sales typically are finalized within one or two months of signing. The index is based on a large national sample that typically represents about 20 percent of transactions for existing-home sales. In developing the model for the index, the association demonstrated that the level of monthly sales-contract activit...
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