Posted 10/10/2017

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Home survey: more homeowners prepare to sell

More Homes For Sale Soon NAR Home Survey

Aly J. Yale

The Mortgage Reports Contributor

Reluctant sellers may enter the market

If a recent home survey from the National Association of Realtors is any sign, the days of strapped housing inventory may be coming to a close.

According to NAR’s recent Housing Opportunities and Market Experience Survey, 80 percent of current homeowners think it’s a good time to sell.

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Invisible inventory

The market has been tight on inventory for months. And while slow housing starts are part of the problem, hesitant-to-sell homeowners are quickly becoming factor No. 1.

As demand drives up housing prices, owners simply aren’t willing to list their properties and risk entering the competitive marketplace.

In fact, according to NAR, existing home sales have declined in four out of the last five months. As NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun puts it, “The housing market has been in a funk since early spring because of the ongoing scarcity of new and existing homes for sale.”

The organization’s HOME survey indicates that trend may be on its way out though. About eight out of 10 homeowners say now is a good time to sell their home. That’s a survey high and a major jump from just one year ago when only 67 percent of owners shared the sentiment.

From renters to buyers

NAR’s survey also revealed another positive note: more renters are optimistic about buying. According to the survey, 62 percent of today’s renters think it’s a good time to buy a home. This marks a jump from 52 percent last quarter and 60 percent in 2016.

As more than half of renters think they’ll end up paying more in rent next year, the findings aren’t too surprising. In fact, about 15 percent say if their rent does increase, they’ll consider buying a home as a result.

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Aly J. Yale

The Mortgage Reports Contributor

Aly J. Yale is a mortgage and real estate writer based in Houston. Connect with her at AlyJYale.com or on Twitter

The information contained on The Mortgage Reports website is for informational purposes only and is not an advertisement for products offered by Full Beaker. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not reflect the policy or position of Full Beaker, its officers, parent, or affiliates.

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