September Pending Sales & Market Pulse Survey

California pending home sales a mixed bag in September, C.A.R. reports

Central Valley and Bay Area regions move higher, Southern California records drop

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 22) – Pending home sales results varied across California in September, decreasing statewide and in Southern California, but increasing in the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. All regions recorded year-over-year improvements, though.

In a separate report, California REALTORS® responding to C.A.R.'s September Market Pulse Survey saw an increase in sales with multiple offers compared with August and an increase in all cash purchases. However, floor calls and open house traffic declined, reflecting seasonal factors as the market enters the end of the home-buying season. The Market Pulse Survey is a monthly online survey of more than 300 California REALTORS®, which measures data about their last closed transaction and sentiment about business activity in their market area for the previous month and the last year.

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Equity and distressed housing market data:

September REALTOR® Market Pulse Survey**:

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*Note: C.A.R.'s pending sales information is generated from a survey of more than 70 associations of REALTORS® and MLSs throughout the state. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, offering solid information on future changes in the direction of the market. A sale is listed as pending after a seller has accepted a sales contract on a property. The majority of pending home sales usually becomes closed sales transactions one to two months later. The year 2008 was used as the benchmark for the Pending Homes Sales Index. An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2008.

**C.A.R.'s Market Pulse Survey is a monthly online survey of more than 300 California REALTORS® to measure data about their last closed transaction and sentiment about business activity in their market area for the previous month and the last year.

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