More homebuyers signed purchase contracts in October compared to September, pushing up a monthly index of pending home sales, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. Pending sales of existing homes rose 10.4 percent month-to-month in October, to 89.3. An index score of 100 is the average level of contract activity in 2001, the first year that index data was collected and a record year for existing-home sales. "It is welcoming to see a solid double-digit percentage gain, but activity needs to improve further to reach healthy, sustainable levels. The housing market clearly is in a recovery phase and will be uneven at times, but the improving job market and consequential boost to household formation will help the recovery process going into 2011...
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