Posted by: jeb1 | April 14, 2010

Today’s Housing Market

A nationwide survey recently conducted by Fannie Mae has determined that 65% of today’s home owners and renters still believe in the solid value of homeownership and prefer to own their own home if possible. The survey did, however, determine that potential home buyers have become more cautious since the recession in real estate markets and precipitous rise in foreclosures nationwide.

As Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan explains it, the downturn in the housing market has led to a “rebalancing” of consumer attitudes toward homeownership, with most Americans adopting a more realistic and long-term view than the investor mentality in which property “flipping” for near-term gain was a major consideration.

The survey also determined that 60% believe that purchasing a home today is harder than it was for their parents, and nearly 70% believe it will be even tougher for their children to achieve homeownership. At the same time, two-thirds of respondents said that they believe now is a good time to buy a house — nearly as many as said so back in 2003, prior to the housing boom. And 70% indicated that they think buying a home is one of the safest investments they could make, although this was down from 83% who said as much in 2003.

Read more about Fannie Mae’s survey on CNN.com.


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