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How Homebuyers Feel About the Housing Market

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A new survey by LendingTree reveals that more than half of homebuyers agree that now is a good time to buy a home. 

In total, 55% of homebuyers think that now is a good time to buy, 65% of homebuyers with credit card debt agree, and 62% with student loan debt believe now is a good time to purchase a home. 

The survey found that those with higher credit scores have a more positive outlook on homebuying, as 69% of homebuyers with a credit score of 740 or higher think now is the time to buy. In comparison, just 52% of buyers with credit scores lower than 579 said now is a good time to buy. 

LendingTree’s survey also found that men are more optimistic about housing than women, with 63% of men believing now is the time to buy a home. 

According to the latest existing home sales report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home sales increased for the first time in two months, with May’s rate increasing 2.5%. A total of 5.34 million homes were sold in May. 

“The purchasing power to buy a home has been bolstered by falling mortgage rates, and buyers are responding,” said Lawrene Yun, Chief Economist at the NAR.

The view of mortgage rates, though, is viewed differently by the generations, as 64% of millennials feel mortgage rates are too high, according to LendingTree. 

Older generations agree to a lesser extent, with 54% of Gen Xers, 52% of baby boomers and 40% of the silent generation still feeling mortgage rates are too high. 

Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) stated the average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage has stabilized near 3.8%, which is a decline from 4.57% last year. 

“While the continued drop in mortgage rates has paused, homebuyer demand has not,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “This is evident in increased purchase activity and loan amounts, indicating that homebuyers still have the willingness and capacity to purchase homes. Today’s low rates, strong job market, solid wage growth and consumer confidence are typically important drivers of home sales.”

About Author: Mike Albanese

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mike Albanese has worked for news publications since 2011 in Texas and Colorado. He has built a portfolio of more than 1,000 articles, covering city government, police and crime, business, sports, and is experienced in crafting engaging features and enterprise pieces. He spent time as the sports editor for the "Pilot Point Post-Signal," and has covered the DFW Metroplex for several years. He has also assisted with sports coverage and editing duties with the "Dallas Morning News" and "Denton Record-Chronicle" over the past several years.
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