Home Buyers (And Sellers) Much More Upbeat; Rates Flat, But New Challenges on Horizon

A few couple of warm days, the appearance of a few tulips, and wham, homebuyer sentiment goes through the roof. At least the results from the March National Housing Survey (NHS) seem to support that theory. Net positive responses to whether it is currently a good time to buy and/or sell a home shot up 7 and 13 percentage points respectively in March, driving Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) up by 5.5 points. The Index rose to 89.8 percent, 1.5 points higher than in March 2018 after a winter of relative consumer pessimism. The index plunged 12 points to an all-time survey low of 83.5 in December and had risen only slightly since then. The March recovery was also aided by survey responses reflecting slowing appreciation in home prices and newly low interest rates. The HPSI distills …read more

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