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People Are Finally Starting to Think About Selling Homes Instead of Just Buying Them

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Consumer attitudes perked up in March, sending the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) up 5.2 points compared to February. The company said four of the HPSI's components rose during the month, taking the index to 81.7.

The percentage of respondents who say it is a good time to buy a home rose to 53 percent from 48 percent and there was a 3 point decline in those who viewed the timing as bad. This left a net of 13 points, an increase of 8 points for the month but 7 points below the level a year earlier.

Attitudes about selling a home increased even more. Sixty-one percent said it was a good time, up from 55 percent in February while the percentage who say it's a bad time dropped from 35 percent  to 28 percent. As a result, the net share of those saying it is a good time to sell increased 13 percentage points month-over-month and 17 percent since March 2020.

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