Fewer consumers say home prices, mortgage rates will grow in 2019

The net share of those who say home prices will go up fell 1 percentage point to 30 percent, declining for the fourth consecutive month. This component is down 22 percentage points from the same time last year. The net share of Americans who say mortgage rates will go down over the next 12 months increased 3 percentage points to 53 percent.

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More consumers reported household income growth in February compared to January, and fewer consumers expect mortgage rates to go up over the next 12 months. Overall, the HPSI is up 1.2 points since this time last year. The net share of respondents who say that it is a good time to buy a house rose four percentage points to 35%.

"That move directly contributed to mortgage rates declining in [Q1 2019], which provided a second-chance opportunity to those looking to buy who were priced out last quarter." Source: " Survey: Consumers Bullish on Buying as Spring Kicks Off " REALTORMagazine.com (March 20, 2019)

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The net share of Americans who say mortgage rates will go down over the next 12 months increased 8 percentage points to -29%; up 24 percentage points from the same time last year.

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The questions ask consumers whether they think that it is a good or bad time to buy or to sell a house, what direction they expect home prices and mortgage interest rates to move, how concerned.

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Home prices and mortgage interest rates should increase across the country in 2018. U.S. housing prices may rise by 2 to 6 percent annually, especially in the entry-level market.

Meanwhile, fewer consumers now believe that mortgage rates will reverse course and increase over the next 12 months. Thirty seven percent said they think rates will rise over the coming year, down from 41 percent in May. Just under half, 49 percent, expect rates to remain unchanged. The share of those who think it is.

While mortgage rate optimism kept consumer confidence about the home purchase market high in June, affordability worries pulled overall sentiment lower, a fannie mae survey said. Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index for June was 91.5, down from 92 in May (the second highest ever) but up from 90.7 in June 2018.