Economic Momentum Drives Consumers’ Optimism Toward Housing Market

Though I am posting this article in March – I am sitting here reading it in February and I have to say I more than agree.  The holiday season is always a slow time of the market – however this January I was surprised at the volume of buyers out there house hunting and in droves!  Our listings all received multiples offers and sold for well over list price.  The open houses in January were packed and they have’t slowed down through February either.  I don’t expect demand to slow down in the Bay Area through the Spring.  So if you are thinking about buying Real Estate this year – give us a call or an email so we can educate you on what it takes to buy on the San Francisco Peninsula.  If you are thinking of selling your home this year – call us ASAP to be ready to take advantage of the best time to come on the market. – Sabrina 650-568-5522 /


Economic Momentum Drives Consumers’ Optimism Toward Housing Market

Author: Tory Barringer

After suffering a setback in December, American attitudes toward the housing market recovered last month, with more consumers saying it is a good time to get off the sidelines.

Sixty-seven percent of American adults responding to Fannie Mae’s January National Housing Survey said now is a good time to buy a home, the company reported Monday, while 44 percent said now is a good time to sell. Both figures are up from December, when positive responses were at 64 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

Doug Duncan, SVP and chief economist at Fannie Mae, said the country’s current economic momentum played a role in January’s more upbeat views of the housing market.

“Consumers are as positive about their personal finances at the start of 2015 as they have been since we launched the National Housing Survey in 2010, and this optimism seems to be spilling over into housing market attitudes,” Duncan said. “Consumers are more optimistic about the environment both for buying and for selling a home today, and the share who plan to own on their next move has jumped back up, reversing a three-month trend toward renting.”

The share of respondents in Fannie Mae’s survey who said their household income is “significantly higher” than it was a year ago climbed 4 percentage points to a survey high of 29 percent, the company reported. Looking ahead, 48 percent said they expect their finances to improve in the next year, also a survey high.

Overall, 44 percent of Americans said they believe the economy is on the right track, an increase of 3 percentage points and only five points less than those saying the economy is headed the wrong way (49 percent).

That optimism spurred 66 percent of those surveyed to say they would buy a home if they had to move, a jump from 61 percent at the end of 2014. The share of those who would rent, meanwhile, slipped after three months of gains, falling to 29 percent.

“Overall, these are good signs to start off 2015 and are consistent with our expectation that strengthening employment and economic activity will boost the speed of the housing recovery,” Duncan said.


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