Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 09, 2014
CF Funding is happy to share that consumer optimism has continued to rise in Fannie Mae’s April 2014 National Housing Survey, as 42 percent of respondents now believe it is a good time to sell a home. This is the third consecutive month of increases, reaching an all-time survey high. Experts predict an increase in housing activity due to these results, as well as the positive jobs data released this week and decrease in mortgage rates.
The monthly housing survey evaluates consumer attitudes in regards to homeownership, renting a home, the economy, and household finances. According to the survey, the average 12-month home price expectation rose to 2.9 percent, up from 2.9 percent last month. The percentage of respondents who believe home prices will rise in the next 12 months was at 50 percent, and the percentage who believes home prices will decrease was at an all-time survey low of 5 percent. The percentage of respondents who believe mortgage rates will rise decreased to 52 percent. Those who believe rates will go down have increased from 3 percent to 7 percent. The percent of respondents who believe it is a good time to buy a home stayed the same this month at 69 percent.
CF Funding is not surprised that the number of respondents who believe it is a good time to sell has risen by 4 percent to 42 percent, as the spring season always brings out more buyers and sellers and mortgage rates are looking great. The fact that consumers believe rental prices will increase in the next 12 months may also affect the “good time to sell” factor. The percentage of respondents who believe the economy is on the right track has increased from 33 to 35 percent over the past month, and 14 percent expect their personal finances to improve over the next 12 months, in comparison to last month’s 12 percent. CF Funding is pleased to share that 25 percent of respondents say their household income is significantly higher than 12 months ago, up 4 points from last month.
According to Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, “Our April survey results suggest that consumer confidence is moving in a positive direction… consumer attitudes about the current home selling environment have improved and now are at the most favorable level we’ve seen in the survey’s four-year history. Consistent with Friday’s upbeat jobs report, concern about job loss among employed consumers also has hit a record survey low. These results are in line with our expectations for increased housing activity and gradual strengthening of the housing market going into the spring and summer selling season.”
CF Funding will keep readers updated on the state of the housing industry as future housing surveys are released. To follow the lender on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/cffundingcorp. To view last months’ survey results, visit http://cffunding.com/index.php/news/consumer-attitudes-are-positive-in-march-2014-housing-survey/.