More Americans are showing optimism toward their personal finances and the housing market, a reversal to a five-month decline.
In particular, Americans are more upbeat about home prices, home selling, their rising household incomes, and they’re less scared about losing their jobs, according to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index, a survey of 1,000 Americans in January about their attitudes toward housing.
“Three months after the presidential election, measures of consumer optimism regarding personal financial prospects and the economy are at or near the highest levels we’ve seen in the nearly seven-year history of the National Housing Survey,” says Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “However, any significant acceleration in housing activity will depend on whether consumers’ favorable expectations are realized in the form of income gains sufficient to offset constrained housing affordability. If consumers’ anticipation of further increases in home prices and mortgage rates materialize over the next 12 months, then we may see housing affordability tighten even more.”
Here’s a closer look at some of the findings from the latest survey:
- 42% of Americans believe home prices will increase, a month-over-month uptick of 7 percentage points in January.
- 69% of Americans say they are not concerned about losing their job, a 1 percentage point increase from December 2016.
- 15% of Americans say now is a good time to sell, a 2 percentage point month-over-month increase.
- 15% of Americans who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago, a month-over-month increase of 5 percentage points.
- 29% of Americans who say now is a good time to buy a home, a 3 percentage drop from December 2016 and a new survey low from May and September 2016.