By Diana Olick, CNBC Real Estate Reporter NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- An increasing number of Americans are starting to believe in home price appreciation again. Perhaps it's the excitement of an early spring market, perhaps the fact that unemployment has been steadily easing, or perhaps just the fact that we haven't had an economic "crisis" in a good, solid six months. Whatever the reason, 33% of respondents to Fannie Mae's monthly housing survey in March said they expect home prices to rise, and rise an average 0.9% over the next 12 months. That's the highest percentage of believers in over a year, and up a full five percentage points from February.
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