While Americans are more pessimistic about the direction of the economy, their optimism regarding the housing market continues to grow, according to Fannie Mae’s June 2012 National Housing Survey. Low prices and record-low interest rates are helping to lift Americans’ views on housing, according to the survey.
“While consumers remain cautious about the general economy, their attitudes toward the housing market continue to improve,” says Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s chief economist. “Although this positive trend may be short-lived if the general economy falters, one might ask whether consumers are increasingly seeing the current environment as a unique opportunity to buy a home while home prices remain depressed, rental costs are increasing, and interest rates are near historic lows.”
Thirty-five percent of the Americans surveyed say they expect home prices to rise within the next year, with expectations that home prices will rise 2 percent within that time. That marks the highest increases since the survey began in June 2010.
Also, 73 percent of the Americans surveyed said that now is a good time to buy, which matches the highest number recorded since the survey began.
Source: “Housing Survey Shows Consumer Attitudes Demonstrative of Macroeconomic Indicators,” RISMedia (July 9, 2012)