Pending home sales surge higher, but economists warn that the housing market could ‘soon hit bottom’

The housing market saw a brief reprieve last month — thanks to lower mortgage rates and an uptick in sales listings

More Americans signed on the dotted line to buy a home last month, but the factors that have tested the nation’s housing market are likely to eat into sales in the months to come.

Pending home sales rose 8% in May compared with April, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had projected a 1% decrease for pending home sales in May.

Jacob Passy | MarketWatch

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