- U.S. adults expect home prices to rise in 2013, but only by 1.6%. Even so, a slightly bullish outlook on home prices is a big departure for homeowners, who have been decidedly downcast over housing prices over the past few years.
- 18% of U.S. adults say it's a good time to sell their home, the highest level since Fannie Mae launched its annual housing survey in 2010.
- 40% of housing consumers expect mortgage interest rates to rise nest year by an average of 4%. That does not jibe current economic policy from the Federal Reserve, which has said repeatedly it aims to keep interest rates near zero until 2105.
- 73% of U.S. adults say it's a "good time" to buy a new home. Survey respondents in this category cite low home prices and low interest rates as primary drivers of new home purchases.
- 60% of Americans remain skeptical on the U.S. economy, saying it's headed in the "wrong direction." That, Fannie Mae says, is the third consecutive rise in that sentiment from consumers, although only 13% of Americans expect their financial situation to "worsen."
Fannie Mae: Despite It All, Americans Want to Buy, Not Rent
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