Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) February 08, 2013
The Holloway Group, the leading Knoxville real estate team at Gables & Gates, REALTORS has added a new article to their website titled, "Fannie Mae National Housing Survey Results Summary".
The most detailed survey on the attitudes of consumers of its kind, the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey polled 1,003 Americans via live telephone interview to assess their attitudes toward the housing market and overall consumer confidence.
Troy Stavros, Broker and Partner with the Holloway Group stated, "We see, on a daily basis, the increase in consumer confidence. The influx of buyers into the Knoxville real estate market, that is resulting in a dwindling inventory of Knoxville homes for sale, speaks volumes." Echoing Stavros' sentiments, the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for Fannie Mae was quoted as saying, ""The housing market continues to firm, with consumer home price expectations for both rental and ownership properties near the strongest levels that we've seen in the survey's two-and-a-half-year history. Concerns about job loss are waning as payrolls are growing – a trend that may give potential homebuyers more confidence that they can meet the financial obligation of homeownership. The upward trend over the past year and a half in the share of consumers who say it's a good time to sell may reflect two related events. First, homeowners see that home prices are improving. Second, the number of homeowners who are underwater is declining, reducing a barrier for those owners who need to sell their home in order to buy a new one."
The summary of the results of Fannie Mae's January 2013 National Housing Survey are:
*More survey respondents believe now is a good time to sell a home (up 12% from last year's results). Stavros says, now is a great time to be selling a home in Knoxville because the resulting low inventory levels has turned it into a seller's market.
*Expectations around personal finances remain flat.
*Approximately 41% of respondents believe home prices will rise in the next 12 months. Stavros confirms that the Knoxville real estate prices have already risen and continue to do so.
*Respondents believing prices will continue to drop reached a low of 10%. Stavros stated, "There will always be that select few that refuse to believe that something positive is happening. Unfortunately those are the same folks that don't take advantage of good market conditions, and watch as they pass them by."
*41% of respondents expect mortgage rates to rise in the coming year. Stavros believes Knoxville mortgage rates will rise slowly, but will stay below 4% for the rest of 2013.
*50% or respondents believe rental prices will rise in the next 12 months. Stavros confirms that Knoxville rental prices are already on the rise, and the law of supply and demand will send them even higher.
*65% of surveyed Americans said they would buy if moving in the near future.
*Approximately 43% of Americans see financial situations improving over the next year.
*23% expect household incomes to rise significantly, an increase over a year ago.
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