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Consumer Optimism Continues Despite Rising Home Prices

Despite declining consumer confidence about buying a home, Fannie Mae's Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) hit a second consecutive survey high in May. The Index, which distills some of the responses from the National Housing Survey, rose 0.6 points to 92.3.   In May 2017 the Index stood at 86.2. However, the company says consumer attitudes about buying and selling a home have continued to diverge as home prices have increased. While the net share of respondents who reported that now is a good time to sell a home increased to 46 percent in May, and is now up 14 percentage points year over year, the net share who said now is a good time to buy a home decreased to 28 percent, showing little improvement year over year.

 

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