This is the fifth consecutive monthly decline in pending home sales and even though a smorgasbord of Wall Street's best and brightest doth
protest, it would appear the lagged impact of rising rates is with us
for good (as the fast money has left the flipping building). This is the biggest YoY decline since April 2011 as NAR blames low inventories and affordability for the poor performance. Perhaps more worrying for those still
clinging to the hope that this ends well is the new mortgage rules in
January that could further delay approvals.
So the Fed provided the liquidity that bid prices up to a point that
makes it unaffordable for the average joe and uneconomic for the average
free-money-riding hedge fund.
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