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Remodeling Survey Shines Light on Homeowner Sentiment

Discovering why homeowners choose to remodel can reveal unexpected insights into attitudes and expectations about the current housing market. According to the latest Remodeling Market Index (RMI), released quarterly by the National Association of Home Builders, the number of homeowners ...

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The Week Ahead: Catching Up With the Fed

This week the Fed will release its May Consumer Credit Report and most recent Balance Sheet. Last month the Fed found that consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted rate of 3-1/4 percent. Take a look at what else is happening in The Week Ahead.

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Housing Market Sentiment Rises to Near-Record High

The index showed that four of the six components questioned posted net positive gains. The Good Time to Sell component increased 13 points in September compared to the prior month, with 52 percent indicating that it was a good time to sell, up five percentage points from last month.

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Survey: Three In Five Americans Believe Country is Still in Midst of Housing Crisis

According to the survey, of the three in five Americans that believe the housing crisis is not over, 41 percent believe we are “still in the middle” of the housing crisis, while 20 percent feel “the worst is yet to come.” This is an improvement from 2014 where 70 percent of Americans felt the housing crisis has not passed, while 77 percent felt the same in 2013.

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Slow Economic Growth in Q1 Drives Consumer Sentiment Way Down

April's Sentiment Index reading of 95.9 was the second-highest since 2007, second only to January 2015. Curtin said despite the large decline in the index for May, consumers' attitudes toward personal finances and spending habits have stayed positive.

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Survey: Consumers Generally Positive But Still Cautious Toward Housing

Consumer sentiment toward the economy took a slight step backward in April, with the percentage of respondents who said the economy is on the right track fell by one percentage point down to 42 percent. Meanwhile, the share who said the economy is on the wrong track increased by one percentage point up to 49 percent.

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Fannie Mae: Slow Wage Growth Stalls Consumer Housing Sentiment

The March employment summary released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed only 126,000 jobs added for the month, which was less than half of the monthly average (266,000) for the 12 previous months, may have played a role in the lack of growth in consumer optimism. That same BLS March employment summary reported an average wage gain of just 2.1 percent year-over-year up to $24.86 per hour.

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Consumer Sentiment Strong; Attitudes Positive Toward Wage Gains, Homebuying

While consumers remained positive toward homebuying conditions in the latest survey, the reason for the positive outlook has shifted – prospective homebuyers are now dependent on low mortgage rates as opposed to low home prices. In Q1 2015 surveys, the percentage of consumers citing low home prices was at its lowest level since 2006, while the percentage of consumers who cited low mortgage rates was at a 10-year high.

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