Home Ownership Ranks High: But No Buyer Urgency

By Jaret & Cohn Real Estate | Oct 05, 2011
Photo by: PJ Waters

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, October 05, 2011

More than 68 percent of home owners and renters in a recent survey say now is a good time to buy a home. In fact, one-third of renters and one in five home owners say they want to buy a home within the next two years.

"We thought people would be soured after watching home values fall, but instead we found the typical American still places high value on home ownership," says Frank Anton, chief executive officer of Hanley Wood, which conducted the survey of 3,000 home owners and renters.

So where’s the buying rush?

The survey found that while buyers say they want to buy, they are hesitant because of the tightening of credit that is making mortgages harder to get, uneasiness about job security, and an overall bleak job picture.

Kent Colton, a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, told Reuters News he expects a big change for the real estate market, however. He notes that more Americans -- about one-third of home owners and a quarter of renters -- are moving in with family and friends, known as “doubling up.” This, he says, will be a major source of future housing demand as soon as the job market improves.

"It means you have up to 2 million people that are part of what can be easily considered a pent-up demand when the time changes," Colton told Reuters.

Source: “Americans Want to Buy Homes But in No Hurry,” Reuters News (Oct. 4, 2011)

To learn more about the local housing market contact Martin D. Cates | Jaret & Cohn Real Estate | 25 Park Street | Rockland  ME 04841. He can be reach at 207-596-0352 ext. 103 |  mcates@jaretcohn.com

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