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Latest Redfin Survey Also Finds Many Buyers Have Unrealistic Mortgage Rate Expectations
SEATTLE, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage, today released its latest Real-Time Homebuyer Survey, capturing the sentiment of 518 homebuyers in 22 U.S. markets. Respondents toured homes with Redfin agents in the last three months, and data was collected from November 21 through 24.
Homebuyer confidence has begun to increase for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2012. Nevertheless, homebuyers again expressed frustrations about low inventory, rising prices and fluctuating mortgage rates. Despite a slight decline in the percentage of home buyers concerned about rising mortgage rates from the third to fourth quarter, new survey questions revealed that homebuyers are highly rate sensitive and the historically low mortgage rates that have persisted since early 2012 may have produced unrealistic rate expectations among most buyers.
"With fewer people shopping for homes as the holidays approach, buyers that remain in the market are enjoying greater negotiating power and lower competition than they have seen all year," said Redfin economist Ellen Haberle. "This confidence boost won't last long, however. Our survey this month revealed that many buyers hold wildly unrealistic mortgage rate expectations. As rates rise in 2014, many will face a tough adjustment."
The Redfin Real-Time Homebuyer Survey is a companion to the quarterly Seller Survey and Agent Survey. Click here to view full report, including charts and graphs.
Redfin also took an in depth look at homebuyers' expectations for mortgage rates. The full report can be found in the Redfin Research Center. Additional data is also available by contacting email@example.com.
Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin has a team of experienced, full-service real estate agents who are advocates, not sales-people, earning customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin's online tools feature all the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties that don't pay brokers a commission. The company serves 22 U.S. markets and has closed more than $13 billion in home sales. In 2012, Redfin was named one of The DIGITAL 100: World's Most Valuable Private Tech Companies by Business Insider.
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