Pending Home Sales Decline Points to Weak Recovery, Not Crash

Will penidng sales cause the housing market to tank?
Will penidng sales cause the housing market to tank?

Pundits warn of a new housing crash after a tiny number of people signed contracts to buy homes in June, according to the Pending Home Sales Index kept by the National Association of Realtors.

The seasonally-adjusted Index sank to 75.7 in June. That's down slightly from May, and down steeply from April and March, when buyers rushed to take advantage of the federal homebuyer tax credit.

"Hell has broken loose all over again in real estate. Don't buy a home. Sell one," said commentator Michael David White at HousingStory.net.

However, if you look closely at the numbers, the Pending Home Sales report seems less like a sign of impending doom and more like all the other economic headlines you've been reading, pointing to continued weakness and a wimpy recovery.