Pending homes sales continued their decline as potential buyers waited for clarity on the housing stimulus bill and the weakening economy according to the National Association of Realtors®.
The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in January, fell 7.7 percent to 80.4 from a downwardly revised reading of 87.1 in December, and is 6.4 percent below January 2008 when it was 85.9. The index is at the lowest level since tracking began in 2001, when the index value was set at 100.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the downturn in the economy also weighed heavily on the data. “Even with many serious potential home buyers on the sidelines waiting for passage of the stimulus bill, job losses and weak consumer confidence were a natural drag on home sales,” he said. “We expect similarly soft home sales in the near term, but buyers are expected to respond to much improved affordability conditions and from the $8,000 first-time buyer tax credit.”
Let’s take a look at the Midtown Montgomery real estate sales statistics for February to see how the market looks:

Montgomery AL real estate sales statistics for February show pending sales decreased by 36% in 2009 compared to February 2008, the average sales price increased by 31% to $190,729 while sold listings were down 4% from 2008.  Market times showed an increase of 2 days or 2% from 2008.

While February pending sales this year were down 36% compared to 2008, the average sale price of closed sales in the same month was up 31% to $190,729.  This is a clear indicator that last year's statistics were heavily affected by foreclosure sale activity in Montgomerys' least expensive market areas.  Unit sales held steady with only a decrease of one homesale February 2009 vs 2008. 
Active inventory continues to decline, with the number of homes on the market for sale down over 10% in February 2009 vs 2008.  Declining inventories are one of the earliest signs of a market recovery.  And we expect a big spike in first-time buyer sales this spring as Montgomerians realize they can acquire a home with very little cash outlay and get back as much as $8,000-10,000 at tax time.




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Information is provided by the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors and is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.