Americans’ attitudes about the housing market are strengthening, according to Fannie Mae’s May 2015 National Housing Survey, a survey of about 1,000 consumers on their views about home ownership. This echoes recent forecasts that predict a pickup in housing activity for the year.
In the latest survey, more consumers reported an increase in household income, nearing an all-time survey high. The growth in wages falls in line with the recent positive jobs report that showed an increase in average hourly earnings. The percentage of consumers surveyed by Fannie Mae who say their household income is “significantly higher” than 12 months ago grew six percentage points to 28 percent over the past two months.
“Things are looking up for housing,” says Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, who notes the survey high of those who say it’s a good time to sell as well as the growing percentage of consumers who say their household income is significantly higher than last year. “We have found that these two indicators – good time to sell and income growth – are key drivers for the performance of the housing market. The increase in these indicators suggests our forecast of moderate improvement in the housing market in 2015 is on course and mirrors the near-term performance of other leading market data, including mortgage applications and pending home sales.”
Source: Fannie Mae