More Americans are growing optimistic about home-price appreciation and selling, according to Fannie Mae’s October 2014 National Housing Survey of 1,000 American adults.
Home-price expectations rose significantly in the latest survey, largely reversing a dip over the past four months, says Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s chief economist. Also, the share of consumers who say now is a good time to sell a home reached another survey high this month.
“The narrowing gap between home buying and home selling sentiment may foreshadow increased housing inventory levels and a better balance of housing supply and demand,” Duncan says. “These results may help drive a healthier housing market in 2015.”
Duncan says that the latest survey showed that consumers are growing more optimistic about the housing market “in the face of broader improvement in economic sentiment. The share of consumers who expect their personal finances to get better is near its highest level since the survey’s inception, while those expecting their finances to get worse reached a survey low.”
The following are some additional highlights from the Fannie Mae survey:
- Home buying and selling: The percentage of Americans who say now is a good time to buy a house dropped to 65 percent in October, but sellers were more optimistic. Those who say it’s a good time to sell rose to 44 percent, marking a new all-time survey high.
- Home prices: The average home-price expectation for the next 12 months increased to 2.8 percent. Forty-four percent of respondents now say they expect home prices to rise within the next 12 months.
- Personal finances: Forty-five percent of respondents say they expect their personal financial situation to improve during the next 12 months, seven points higher than a year ago. The share expecting their financial situation to worsen, meanwhile, decreased to 10 percent last month.
- Rent expectations: The percentage of respondents who expect home rental prices to rise fell by six percentage points to 49 percent in October.