Fannie Mae released the findings of the recent National Housing Survey this summer. Consumer’s opinions have been continually moving in a positive direction. Some of the positives that indicate Consumer Confidence has been on the rise for the last two years:
The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) rose this summer to match the same number in February of this year, which was the highest level since December 2000. Several parts of this index include:
The net share who reported that now is a good time to sell a home reached a new record high, increasing an additional 7 percentage points
The net share of Americans who say it is a good time to buy a home increased 3 percentage points
The net share of Americans who say they are not concerned about losing their job fell 5 percentage points
Consumers are also growing more optimistic about their ability to get a mortgage
What is consumer confidence?
Consumer Confidence is an economic indicator that measures the degree of optimism that consumers feel about the overall state of the economy and their personal financial situation. The “Consumer Confidence” studies the “Spending” and “Saving” intention of customer. The Conference Board, a non-profit research organization for businesses that distributes information about management and the marketplace, prepares the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI). It was first calculated in 1967, and is benchmarked to the 1985 score of 100. (The score has exceeded 100 consistently since October 2016)
Consumer Confidence measures the response to U.S. economic conditions and slightly drives economic conditions. The CCI is reported regularly and is considered an influence on consumer and business behavior.
The CCI has been consistently rising since the Since January 2016, with a score of 98.3. It rose to 111.8 in January 2017, and saw a sharp rise in March to 125.6, which was, like the HPSI mentioned above, the highest level since December 2000. Other indicators from this summer’s CCI report:
Higher confidence in the direction of the economy
More have seen an increase in their personal income
On average, Americans expect home prices to increase over the next 12 months
The most recent CCI was 122.9 in August.
Fannie Mae has the most detailed survey of its kind, interviewing approximately 1,000 Americans by telephone with over 100 questions used to track attitudinal shifts. The results are compared to the previous month.
The most significant part of the CCI for the last year has been that almost every month, the score has exceeded expectations. The Conference Board forecasts an estimate of the next month’s score.
What Does Consumer Confidence Mean for Real Estate?
The success of the housing market is strongly tied to the consumer’s confidence in the overall economy. “Stronger business and consumer morale typically lead to even more hiring and spending, which in turn encourages more households to make big decisions like buying a home,” says Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist. “Stronger business and consumer morale typically lead to even more hiring and spending, which in turn encourages more households to make big decisions like buying a home,” Yun said.
As measurements like the National Housing Survey and the Consumer Confidence Index reflect consumer’s views and spending and saving habits, these indexes have an effect on the housing market. When Americans feel more positive about the direction of the economy as well as their own personal economic situation, they are free to make solid plans about housing. When first-time buyers are positive about their job stability, they put that confidence into action. There truly is a trickle-up effect, because the first-time buyer often frees up the move-up buyer, and on and on.
Are you feeling positive about your economy? We hope so. If you have been waiting to sell your home in Central Maryland, good news…demand is high. Prices are rising and many homeowners are finding they are “above water” for the first time in a decade. Call us for a consultation if you have been waiting to sell. If you are a first-time buyer or a a move-up buyer, the real estate market is in your favor. We’d love to help you make Maryland home. Chris Highland: 301-401-5119, orcontact uswith any questions.
Author:Christopher Highland Phone: 301-401-5119 Dated: October 20th 2017 Views: 79 About Christopher: ...
View our latest blog posts in your RSS reader. Click here to access.
There is no substitute for skill, polish, years of experience, and thorough knowledge of the local market. That is what Steinhoff Properties and I offer our clients. "The keys to my clients' success are great communication and honesty; this will ensure that they have a great real estate experience."
Steinhoff Properties has sold 150+ homes since 2015, and we have been recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential Realtors" in the DC Metro area in both 2015 and 2016.
My association with real estate goes far beyond helping clients achieve their goals, since I have been active in buying, remodeling and selling my own properties for over 25 years. Because of this, I have a unique perspective of understanding both the buyer and the seller, which is a valuable resource for buyers and sellers who are relocating-- because I can advise them based on my real life experience. "When you relocate a family of 5, it takes great planning and experience to make the process go smoothly."
The Steinhoff family is very involved in the area-- from volunteering to playing sports to helping at school. My wife, Amy, and I have found that having three daughters keeps us engaged in the community.
The secret to an excellent agent, in my opinion, is not just being pro-active; however, it is about diligence in the approach and the willingness to do what it takes to get the job done. Sometimes it takes creativity and thinking outside the box to sell a home. It is my intent to use everything at my disposal to get the job done.
I am a full-time real estate professional who will negotiate in your best interest and walk you through the process with the least inconvenience. My passion is getting you results, saving you time, and building a friendship in the process. The agent that you select is of extreme importance. He or she will determine the success or failure of the home selling process. My business model is built on repeat customers and referrals. I am committed to your success. I can help.
Check out our reviews on Zillow to learn more about us!