Pending Home Sales Soar 6.7 Percent to 6-Year High

“Even with limited choices, it appears some of the rise in contract signings could be from buyers wanting to take advantage of current affordability conditions before mortgage interest rates move higher,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors.

“This implies a continuation of double-digit price increases from a year earlier, with a strong push from pent-up demand.”

(Read More: Rising Mortgage Rates Cause ‘Rush to ARMs’)

The average rate on the 30-year fixed conforming mortgage is up about 100 basis points from the beginning of May to around 4.5 percent. The rate spiked the most in the past week, before these May contracts were signed.

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