High Rents, Low Rates Top Draws to Owning

4/30/15 (Thu)

High Rents, Low Rates Top Draws to Owning

Sixty-two percent of potential home buyers say that now is a better time to purchase a home than it was a year ago, according to Chase's new national survey, "Insights From the Mind of the Homebuyer." The top reasons that are motivating more Americans to get off the fence are rising rental costs and historically low interest rates, the survey found.

Thirty-two percent of more than 1,000 consumers surveyed say they want to buy soon in order to take advantage of low rates. What's more, 35 percent say that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rising above 4 percent would delay their decision to buy.

Twenty percent of consumers surveyed say that the rising cost of rent is making home ownership look like a better value and is the top reason why they want to buy. Also, 20 percent of those surveyed say that their desire to make an upgrade from their current home was their top motivation for buying.

Three in 10 potential home buyers say they plan to purchase a home in the next 18 months.

"Potential home buyers are optimistic that it's a good time to buy, but they anticipate challenges," according to the survey. Besides interest rates, potential buyers say they're concerned about finding the home they want within their budget as well as beating out the competition in order to get it.

Nearly 70 percent say they are worried they may have already missed the best time to buy because of rising home prices. Three out of four home buyers say they're concerned their offer will be outbid by others, and three in five say they think they'll need to buy a smaller home or consider other neighborhoods outside of their top choices because of rising prices, the survey finds.

"Buyers are clearly concerned about housing inventory and rising prices, especially during the competitive spring buying season," says Cecelia Barbieri, SVP of marketing for Chase Mortgage Banking. "But the research shows that interested buyers are optimistic and ready to act on their goals. In fact, 73 percent said they'd give up things like eating out and taking vacations in order to buy their dream home."