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In this March 12 file photo, a sale pending sign is posted in front of a home for sale, in Cincinnati. The National Association of Realtors reports on a measure of the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes in April on Thursday, May 30, 2013. In March, pending home sales rose to their highest level in three years. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Signed contracts to buy U.S. homes at 3-year high

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By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER

AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to growth in home sales in the coming months.

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