Demand for Housing Hits All-Time Low

by Colin Wilhelm

Consumer demand for housing has dropped to its lowest recorded level due to reduced confidence in financial security and income raises, a new survey from Fannie Mae says.

The government-sponsored enterprise’s March national housing survey found that 41% of Americans expect their financial situation to improve over the next year, and 22% said their income had increased substantially over the last year.

Most importantly, the percentage of respondents who said they planned to buy a home dropped five basis points to 60%, an all-time survey low.

“We’ve seen modest improvement in total compensation resulting from a strengthened labor market,” Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan said in a release.

“However, income growth perceptions and personal financial expectations both eased off of recent highs, consistent with Friday’s weak jobs report. Simultaneously, the share of consumers expecting to buy on their next move has declined. Meanwhile, the wait for housing expansion continues.”