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Industry Leaders Optimistic About Housing Market

June 9, 2014, by Keystone Analytics in News, Polling & Analysis News

Lemoyne, PA (June 9, 2014) – Nearly 200 of the state’s top real estate experts were surveyed to measure expectations on how well Pennsylvania’s housing industry will do in coming months.   Predictions are optimistic with more than half citing an increased demand for inventory. The same percentage of those surveyed believes home prices are rising, buyers are more motivated, and sellers are seeing multiple offers, according to a poll released by Keystone Analytics®.

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Key findings include:

  • Buyers and sellers are enthusiastic and motivated. Fifty-six percent of respondents believe that sellers are more motivated to list their home for sale, while only 17 percent believe they are less motivated. Fifty-eight percent of respondents think that buyers are more motivated to purchase a home for sale, with only 15 percent saying that buyers are less motivated.Housing-Market
  • Leaders continue to be optimistic about future growth in housing. Fifty-seven percent believe that sales prices will increase over the next six months, while 47 percent believe new construction starts will increase, and 61 percent believe that multiple offer deals will increase. In addition, 58 percent of respondents believe that the housing market will improve over the next six months.
  • Housing inventory will increase and won’t stay on the market for long. Fifty-one percent of respondents believe that the amount of inventory available will increase over the next six months, while 51 percent also believe that the amount of time inventory will stay on the market will decrease over the corresponding period.
  • Interest rates and mortgage credit availability will hold steady. Forty-eight percent of respondents believe that interest rates will not change over the next six months, with 42 percent believing they will increase and five percent thinking they will decrease. In addition, 50 percent of respondents believe that availability of mortgage credit will hold steady, while 30 percent think it will increase.