Aha! (I love the sound of that.) This report confirms what Arthur Laffer says concerning misplaced incentives and the big economic come down we should expect next year.
Read "Pending Home Sales 'Fell Off a Cliff'" on CNNMoney.com.
The experts expected home sales to drop once the homebuyer tax credit lapsed at the end of April, but the depth of the decrease was shocking.
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), pending home sales fell a whopping 30% in May. Their index, which measures signed sales contracts but not closed sales, plunged to 77.6 from 110.9 in April. It's even off 15.9% from a year ago when the nation was barely emerging from the recession.
"The pending home sales report is a disaster," said Mike Larson, a real estate analyst for Weiss Research. "Sales fell off a cliff after the tax credit expired. It's the biggest monthly decline ever and the index is at its lowest level since NAR began tracking it in 2001."
Read my report on Arthur Laffer and others in the post below, or in "We're Doomed" at WORLDmag.com.