It appears that Americans are regaining faith in the U.S. economy. The following indexes have each shown a dramatic jump in consumer confidence in their latest surveys:
It usually means good news for the housing market when the country sees an optimistic future. People begin to dream again about the home their family has always wanted, and some make plans to finally make that dream come true.
If you are considering moving up to your dream home, it may be better to do it earlier in the year than later. The two components of your monthly mortgage payment (home prices and interest rates) are both projected to increase as the year moves forward, and interest rates may increase rather dramatically. Here are some predictions on where rates will be by the end of the year:
Svenja Gudell, Zillow's Chief Economist:
Mark Fleming, the Chief Economist at First American:
Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist:
If you are feeling good about your family's economic future and are considering making a move to your dream home, doing it sooner rather than later makes the most sense.
Source: Keeping Current Matters.com