Southern Utah Real Estate

Media’s Spin on Housing

It’s funny how the media can spin anything to read how they want. Fannie Mae recently took a survey to see if consumers thought now was a good time to buy a home.  The survey revealed that 68% of people believe that now is a good time to buy. Yet, the headlines seemed to concentrate exclusively on the negative:

“Survey: Americans Growing More Cautious on Housing – Wall Street Journal 11/24”

“Housing Drop: More Bad News for the Economy – Time 11/24”

Is the fact that 68% of the people think now is the time to buy bad news? Shouldn’t it be great news? We elect the president of this country with barely 50% of the voters agreeing. A senate ‘supermajority’ only demands 60% to bring out a vote of cloture or to end a filibuster. Over two thirds believing now is the time to buy is fabulous news.

There were two other very revealing findings in the report:

1. People trust homeownership as an investment over buying stocks (66% to 16%). They also trust owning a home over investing in a 401k, buying an insurance annuity or investing in a mutual fund. People find investing in a home safer than any other investment except putting their money into a savings account.

2. 96% of homeowners feel that homeownership has been a positive experience.

Other findings in the report that were not well reported:

62% of renters have long-term ownership aspirations.

Americans continue to expect home rental prices to rise more than home prices over the next year. Americans believe that it is more likely that home rental prices will go up rather than go down by a ratio of almost 4 to 1.

An overwhelming majority of mortgage borrowers remain satisfied with their loans and 3 in 4 Americans are confident they would receive the necessary information to choose the right loan.

Non-financial considerations, such as accessing good education and safety, continue to trump financial reasons for owning a home. With the top three reasons (education, safety, more space) all increasing in percentages since the last report that was taken in June of 2010. Also, 59% of mortgage borrowers have seen their home value increase.

We believe that St. George, Utah Real Estate is in an even better position than the national average.  St. George is a growing retirement community that will grow even if there is not an increase in available jobs.  Many retirees move here that are on a fixed social security and pension income.

Bottom Line: The Fannie Mae survey showed that homeownership is still considered by the vast majority as a good investment (66%) and a positive experience (96%) . And, 68% think it is a good time for people to buy!!

For more information on St. George, Utah Real Estate call me Steve Harrington at (435) 668-3599. For more information on St. Geroge Utah Mortgage visit