Signed contracts to buy previously owned homes rose to the highest level in six years. Rising interest rates may be causing some buyers who were on the fence to get in quickly before they are priced out.
The Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors rose 6.7 percent in May from April, and is now up 12.1 percent from a year ago. A shortage of homes for sale has weighed on the market this year, even as demand increases. Contracts to buy newly built homes rose to a five-year high in May, according to the U.S. Census.