Consumers continue to have divergent opinions about
the current environment for buying and selling a home. Fannie Mae says its
September National Housing Survey (NHS) found a slightly higher number of
respondents who think it is a good time to sell while opinions about buying have
grown increasingly negative. The company’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI),
based on responses to six questions on the survey, declined 1.2 points from
August to 74.5 in September.
Three of the
survey components were down from the previous month and the index is 6.5 points
lower than in September 2020.

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