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Pending sales of US homes fell 1.1 per cent in June; pace remains slower than in 2013

A sale pending sign is posted in front of a home for sale in Quincy, Mass. on July 10, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Michael Dwyer

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A sale pending sign is posted in front of a home for sale in Quincy, Mass. on July 10, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Michael Dwyer

WASHINGTON - Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer.

The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index slipped 1.1 per cent to 102.7 last month. The index remains 7.3 per cent below its level a year ago.

Sales have been slowed by a mix of meagre wage growth, rising home prices, and mortgage rates that rose steadily through the end of last year.

Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases. A one- to two-month lag usually exists between a contract and a completed sale.

Signed contracts in June fell in the Northeast and South. They rose slightly in the Midwest and West. Pending sales in all four U.S. regions are below last year's pace.

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