For the week ending July 10, the number of pending sales held steady with the week before but remained well behind last year's pace. The 545 signed agreements during the week represent a drop of 45.9 percent from last year at this time. That's the tenth consecutive week of year-over-year declines in buyer demand, a period that coincides with the loss of the federal tax credit for first-time home buyers.
The 1,542 new listings for the most recent reporting week are also down compared to last year but not to the extent of pendings, posting a decline of 17.4 percent from a year ago.
Inventory is up 4.4 percent from a year ago. Because the growing inventory is being greeted with slim buyer demand, the balance of buyers and sellers is shifting the market back in the buyer's favor. The July Supply-Demand Ratio of 7.44 means that there are 7.44 houses for each buyer this month, up 46.9 percent from the mark of 5.06 seen a year ago.