Record number say good time to sell a home

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May 182018
 

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Fannie Mae’s housing index soared to a record high last month despite a negative reading from one of the index’s key components. The net share of respondents who said now is a good time to sell a home increased 6 points from last month to 45%. This good-time-to-sell sentiment has been on a steady rise for the last couple years, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have resulted in additional home inventory for sale, which remains very low.

Respondents also reported stronger personal financial conditions. They expressed an increased sense of job security, and more reported that their incomes had increased significantly in the last year.

The net share of respondents who think home prices will continue to rise jumped 7 points this month, and the average expected increase was 3.9%. While that might seem a negative for homebuyers, respondents said they expect rents to rise an average 5.7% over the same period.

The one black mark in the survey was the net share of respondents who think now is a good time to buy. That component fell 3 points last month. It’s likely the combination of higher prices, higher mortgage rates, and fewer homes for sale contributed to the fall. However, these same factors may increase buyers’ sense of urgency even if they don’t think it’s a good time to buy.

The main reason homeowners won’t sell their homes

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May 012018
 

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By G. Steven Bray

Survey after survey recently has shown that homeowners think it’s a good time to sell their homes. Recently, we reported an all-time high, 65% of respondents, ascribed to that sentiment in a Fannie Mae survey. A recent ValuedInsured survey said the percentage is 79%. So, if it’s such a good time to sell, why aren’t more homes for sale?

Pundits have speculated about many reasons, but one of the top suggestions has been the interest rate effect. Most homeowners have been able to finance or refinance their homes at very low interest rates. Now that rates are higher, they don’t want to trade in that low mortgage payment for a higher one.

This may be a valid concern for some folks, but in the ValueInsured survey, only 18% of respondents cited it. The overwhelming majority, 79%, said they weren’t selling because of the price they’d end up paying for a new home. In the same survey, 61% of respondents said they’re waiting for home prices to become more “reasonable” before moving.

I can see why homeowners would be nervous given reports of bidding wars and nearly double-digit yearly price increases in some markets. Unfortunately, when everyone feels nervous at the same time, it exacerbates the home inventory shortage, which leads to more price increases and more bidding wars.

This “time the market” argument seems like a serious hurdle to seeing more homes for sale. However, I suspect just a moderation of home price increases could calm nerves a bit. If homeowners could predict the price of their replacement homes, we could see an easing of the shortage.

Fannie says consumers stoked about housing

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Feb 242018
 

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By G. Steven Bray

Fannie Mae says consumers are stoked about housing. Does this portend an active spring home season?

Fannie’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index rose to an all-time high in Jan with 5 of the 6 survey components improving. Interestingly, the only component that didn’t improve was the percentage of households saying their income rose significantly over the last year. That result may change as the tax cuts kick in.

Of the components that rose, the main driver was respondents’ belief that home prices will keep rising. 58% said prices will rise whereas only 6% believe they will fall.

Respondents also believe this is a good time to buy a home (by a 59% to 32% margin) and a good time to sell (by a 65% to 27% margin). The good time to sell reading was also an all-time survey high. It will be interesting to see if this translates into more housing inventory this spring.

Finally, I thought it was interesting given the recent rise in mortgage rates that the share of respondents thinking rates will rise remained fairly constant. I suspect that component also may change in the coming months.