Recent Survey – Most Agree Home Ownership is a Good Idea
The recent 2013 National Housing Pulse Survey revealed that nearly 80% of Americans believe home ownership is a good financial choice. The study revealed that more than half of renters (51%) list home ownership as one of their highest priorities and that 36% of those surveyed are currently thinking of buying a home, which is great news if you have been thinking of selling your home.
According to Gary Thomas of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), “Home ownership matters to Americans who consistently realize the many benefits it provides to communities, families and the nation’s economy. Due to high housing affordability and today’s interest rates it makes sense for people to consider home ownership over renting. In fact, in many parts of the country it’s cheaper to own a home than to rent one. It’s no surprise that renters recognize that owning a home offers tremendous long-term benefits and is an investment in their future.”
Lower Interest Rates Make Your Home More Affordable
Interest rates dropped again this week, with the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage showing at 4.31% (.8 point), making housing even more affordable. Inventory is more available in many areas and according to the Pulse Survey, residents are noticing it. 38% of respondents shared that they had seen as increase in their local housing market activity and in pricing. Locally, the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes markets are trending up for both sales volume and average sales price.
Income to debt ratios can still be a challenge for many home buyers. “Student loan debt is a concern for many consumers in today’s market, especially first-time buyers,” related Thomas. “Buyers with student loan debt may find it difficult to access mortgage credit, as well as save for a down payment. Pending mortgage finance regulations requiring higher down payments could also contribute to the already tight lending environment. Realtors® are working with regulators to address this issue and are committed to making sure those who are willing and able to own a home have the opportunity to pursue that dream.”
Both the American Strategies and Myers Research & Strategic Services conducted the 2013 National Housing Pulse Survey for NAR’s Housing Opportunity Program and polled 2,000 adults nationwide. Take a moment to view the study results here.