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Family Homebuyers Remain Optimistic About Housing Recovery

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Current homeowners are optimistic about selling their home and are looking to move up their timeline to purchase a new home, according to the most recent survey by PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), one of the nation's largest homebuilders.

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In the latest PulteGroup Home Index Survey (PGHI), 43 percent of move-up buyers indicated they are planning to purchase a new home within the next five years.  Additionally, showing further confidence in the housing market recovery, 76 percent believe they can sell their current home within the next two years for a price that would allow them to move to a new home.  The survey polled adults who have owned a home for at least two years, have children under the age of 18, and have an income of more than $50,000.

"One of the most intriguing findings from this PGHI survey is the optimism and the willingness of homeowners to 'pull the trigger' on buying a new home, even if they may not have an immediate need to move," said Deborah Wahl, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for PulteGroup, Inc.  "The move-up buyer represents a significant opportunity for Pulte Homes.  It's critical we continue to understand this buyer segment and the economic and life-stage factors that spur them to purchase a new home."

In 2012, home closings from the Company's Pulte Homes brand, which targets the move-up buyer, represented 43 percent of PulteGroup's total closings.  The move-up buyer is typically a family with young or school-aged children who already own a home.

More about Return on Investment than the New Baby

While a change in life stage, such as the birth of a new baby or the need to downsize, remains a common trigger for purchasing a new home, the PGHI survey showed that financial and economic indicators are more likely to spur buyers to move up the timeline to purchase a new home.

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