Sarasota Real Estate Market News

National outlook impacts housing market

WASHINGTON – Oct. 12, 2011 – American consumers pay close attention to economic news and what policymakers say, and they continue to link their personal financial outlook to events occurring nationally. As a result, Fannie Mae’s September National Housing Survey finds most consumers still pessimistic about the economy, home prices and household finances.

“Despite a decline in negative economic headlines during September … consumers continue to demonstrate very negative attitudes,” says Doug Duncan, vice president and chief economist of Fannie Mae. “At the same time, the share of consumers expecting mortgage rates to go up dropped sharply to the lowest level we have recorded. The lack of a sense of urgency to buy homes … coupled with general pessimism regarding their own personal finances and the economy, bodes poorly for the recovery of the housing market.”

Survey highlights

Homeownership and renting

• Only 33 percent of Americans say that mortgage rates will go up in the next 12 months (down 12 percentage points since August – the lowest number recorded in Fannie Mae’s monthly tracking).

• For the fourth month in a row, Americans expect home prices to decline over the next year. On average, Americans expect home prices to go down by 1.1 percent, the highest expected decline to date.

• Only 18 percent of respondents expect home prices to increase over the next 12 months, the lowest reported number to date in the National Housing Survey, while 25 percent say they expect home prices to decline (down by 2 percentage points since August).

• While 68 percent of Americans say it is a good time to buy a home (down 1 percentage point since last month), only 10 percent of those polled say it is a good time to sell one’s home (up by 1 percentage point since August).

• On average, Americans expect home rental prices to go up by 3.3 percent over the next year, down slightly from the expected increase of 3.5 percent observed in August.

• Despite continued consumer caution about taking on a large financial obligation to buy a home, 63 percent say they would buy their next home if they were going to move (up by 1 percentage point since August), while 32 percent of Americans say they would rent their next home (down 2 percentage points since last month).

The economy and household finances

• The number of Americans who expect their personal financial situation to worsen over the next year has decreased for the first time in four months (down from 22 percent in August to 19 percent in September).

• Seventy-seven percent say the economy is on the wrong track (down only 1 percentage point from last month), while only 16 percent think the economy is on the right track (the same as in August).

• Forty-three percent report significantly higher expenses compared to one year ago. This number has increased for five consecutive months, but the majority of respondents still say their household income has remained the same.

© 2011 Florida Realtors®

October 25, 2011 - Posted by | News related to the Market

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