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Housing sentiment slips amid buyer fatigue and seller uncertainty

Posted by The Aramco Group on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 @ 14:08 PM
The percentage of consumers who think now is a good time to buy a house fell by seven points in July according to the latest Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index. The net share who now say current market conditions make it a good time to buy reached a new survey high (77 percent) with high prices being the greatest concern.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the percentage of homeowners who say it's a good time to sell dropped by 11 percent, citing economic conditions as the biggest concern. In June, 39 percent of respondents believed it was a good time to sell, a new high. However, July's results show that number has dropped to 28 percent suggesting American's are uncertain about whether it more strongly a buyer's or seller's market.

The index is the most detailed consumer survey of its kind with Fannie Mae polling 1,000 Americans via telephone to assess current views and forward-looking expectations of housing market conditions.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates averaging 4 percent while 15-year rates are near 3.25 percent.

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