Thirty-seven percent of surveyed real estate professionals nationwide expect home values to increase; Sixty-four percent disapprove of Obama’s performance as President; Mitt Romney edges out Barack Obama
HomeGain, one of the first companies to provide free instant home valuations online, announced the results of its nationwide first quarter 2012 home values survey. Over 400 real estate agents and brokers and over 1,700 homeowners were surveyed. We also released the regional results of the first quarter 2012 HomeGain home values survey.
Real estate professionals have become more optimistic about the direction of home values than homeowners. Thirty-seven percent of real estate professionals expect home values to increase, up from 15 percent last quarter. Twenty-five percent of homeowners expect home values to increase, up from 15 percent last quarter.
Twenty-two percent of real estate professionals expect home values to decrease in the next six months, down from 42 percent from last quarter. Twenty-nine percent of homeowners expect home values to decrease in the next six months, down from 37 percent from last quarter.
Forty-one percent of real estate professionals and 46 percent of homeowners believe home values will stay the same in the next six months.
According to surveyed agents and brokers, 77 percent of homeowners believe their homes are worth more than the recommended agent listing price. In contrast, 62 percent of home buyers believe homes are overpriced.
“Real estate professionals have grown more optimistic regarding the direction of home prices, especially in the states that have been hardest hit in the past few years, like Arizona, Nevada and Florida and also in states that have done comparatively well, like Massachusetts and Virginia.” said Louis Cammarosano, General Manager of HomeGain.
Fifty-two percent of agents and brokers surveyed indicated that they “strongly disapproved” and 14 percent “somewhat disapproved” of Barack Obama’s performance as President, earning him a 66 percent disapproval rating, an increase of two percent in the disapproval rating of agents and brokers surveyed in the first quarter of 2011. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the President had a 70 percent disapproval rating among agents and brokers.
Forty-one percent of homeowners “strongly disapproved” and 15 percent “somewhat disapproved” of the President’s performance, earning him a 56 percent disapproval rating. The President had a 60 percent disapproval rating last quarter among surveyed homeowners with 44 percent “strongly disapproving.” The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Approval Index taken during the same period as the HomeGain First Quarter 2012 Home Values Survey indicated that the President’s average disapproval rating was 52 percent with an average of 42 percent “strongly disapproving” of his performance.
Below are the top states where real estate professionals and home owners think home prices will rise and fall over the next six months.
Top 10 States Where Real Estate Agents and Homeowners Think Home Prices Will Go Up in the Next Six Months:
Top 10 States Where Real Estate Agents and Homeowners Think Home Prices Will Go Down In the Next Six Months:
Top 10 States Where Real Estate Agents and Homeowners Approve of Barack Obama’s Performance as President:
Top 10 States Where Real Estate Agents and Homeowners Disapprove of Barack Obama’s Performance as President:
The survey was conducted from March 6 – March 15, 2011.
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Set forth below are the results of the first quarter 2012 and fourth quarter 2011 national home values surveys as well as the results of the first quarter 2011 survey. Also set forth below for selected questions is the national home owner response data for the first quarter of 2012. Click on each question to see complete results:
Questions and National Results:
- Have home prices increased, decreased or stayed the same in the last year?
- On average, what do homeowners believe that their home is worth?
- How do buyers feel that homes for sale are priced?
- What is the average difference in price between what sellers believe their home to be worth and the amount at which the home gets listed?
- What is the average difference in price between what a home is listed at and what a home sells for?
- In the next six months, will the values of homes in your market increase, decrease or stay the same?
- What percentage of homes for sale are foreclosures in your area?
- What is the average home price in your area?
- What percentage of your clients are first-time buyers?
- How do you think Barack Obama is performing in his role as President?
- If the Presidential election were held today, who would you vote for?
Commentary From Question 1 — Have home prices increased, decreased or stayed the same in the last year?
“Many of the people in the media keep talking about how bad it is in Metro Detroit and they haven’t got a clue what is going on in our area. Homes are selling and in many micro-markets back to 2005 numbers.”
“The market is still very weak locally.”
“The Silicon Valley is a hot seller’s market with many areas & price points seeing multiple offers and overbids. In some cases offers are presented without even the usual contingencies for loan and inspection.”
“Area still suffering from significant price declines. Realtors remain in denial.” – Homeowner feedback
“I don’t believe the value of homes in my area have increased due to anything the President has done. Honestly, after the recession low, the only direction prices could head is UP.” – Homeowner feedback
“My house value with two certified surveys 9 months apart has dropped by $75k. Ridiculous.” – Homeowner feedback
“After only 4 years of ownership, my home is seriously underwater.” – Homeowner feedback
“My house lost $20,000 in value. I can’t even refinance from the 6.5% because I don’t even have enough equity.” – Homeowner feedback
“I also have an inherited house in Boston, MA and it’s worth has continued to decline.” – Homeowner feedback
Overall, 77% of home sellers believe their homes are worth more than their agents’ recommended selling price.
Overall, 62% of surveyed agents and brokers indicated that their home buyer clients think homes for sale are overpriced.
Commentary From Question 4 — What is the average difference in price between what sellers believe their home to be worth and the amount at which you eventually list the home?
“The economy is recovering but we still have a long way to go. Real Estate can help that process move along if the sellers and banks would accept the values of properties as they are presently.”
Overall, nationwide, agents indicate that 82% of homes sell for less than the price they are listed at.
Commentary From Question 5 — What is the average difference in price between what the home is listed at and what the home sells for?
“LV is currently sitting with less than 7K SFR in inventory. This is causing almost every home
priced correctly to receive anywhere between 4-6 offers on average in less than 48 hrs.”
“Nice clean single family homes located in decent neighborhoods are now getting multiple offers up to $500,000.”
“All properties under 500K that are standard sale are going over asking!”
Overall, the majority of agents and brokers think home prices will stay the same in the next six months.
Commentary From Question 6 — In the next six months, will the values of homes in your market increase, decrease or stay the same?
“Our market is being affected by national builders who build a cheaper product which is beginning to devalue homes in our market.”
“Market has definitely stabilized and should show further signs of improvement over the next six months if the lending environment improves.”
“With about 90 days inventory we are seeing a firming of prices in entry level homes. A positive for our market.”
” I’d have to say the market sucked, sucks, and will continue to suck for the next 20 years.” – Homeowner feedback
“Although home prices in my area have seen a little increase, our homes are over 50% under water. I purchased my home in 2005 for 395,000. it’s now worth $189,000. in today’s market.” – Homeowner feedback
“I think we’ll see home values remain the same until 2014 and then we’ll see values begin to rise.” – Homeowner feedback
“I hope rates continue to drop and prices continue to fall. I want to buy a nice home soon.” – Homeowner feedback
“I read in the Ark Dem/Gaz a couple days ago that home values were edging up. I will wait and see before I buy into that prediction.” – Homeowner feedback
Commentary From Question 7 — What percent of homes for sale in your area are foreclosures?
“The glut of foreclosures on the market has stalled the home industry which helps drive the economy. Many of us would now be moving up the real estate ladder or buying retirement homes if we weren’t saddled with an albatross in our current home. I for one would love to sell my house and buy a retirement home but in the current market this just isn’t feasible.” – Homeowner feedback
Overall, 66% of surveyed real estate agents and brokers and 56% of homeowners disapprove of President Obama’s performance.
Commentary From Question 10 — How do you think Barack Obama is performing in his role as President?
“I believe that history will show Obama as one if the worst in history.”
“Obama is the worst president this country has seen in a hundred years and makes Carter look great. Oh and I am a registered Democrat.”
“Republicans are crooks representing wealthy interests. They really don’t care about the average homeowner. Please don’t say good things about the Republicans. Our housing mess is more their fault than the Democrats, and it’s definitely NOT Obama’s fault.”
“President Obama’s policies are hurting this country. Jobs is the #1 issue. If people have jobs then people would begin buying homes again. If you want to see a boost in the economy, elect a different administration.”
“My reasons for not wanting Obama to remain the president have nothing to do with the economy, and everything to do with his tendency to run roughshod over the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.” – Homeowner feedback
“As retired vet. home owner and taxpayer, I think Obama sucks! He is the worst Pres. we have ever had!” – Homeowner feedback
“What does Pres. Obama have to do with housing prices? The lenders made a mess of this in the Bush administration, leaving us to deal with it now.” – Homeowner feedback
“Barack was handed a big mess. He is doing a great job and should have 4 more years.” – Homeowner feedback
“Obama didn’t start this housing mess. Bush did. And how can Obama straighten out this mess in four years when it took Bush eight years to do?” – Homeowner feedback
“President cannot control home prices. Banks set the tone or failure. Congress passes the laws that let them work.” – Homeowner feedback
“OBAMA SUCKS.” – Homeowner feedback
“Give the man a chance. He is coming in to try to change something that has been deteriorating for over 8 years.” – Homeowner feedback
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Agent Commentary From Question 11 — If the Presidential election were held today, who would you vote for?
“With the negative economy, I believe the market will recover more quickly if there is a change in the Administration at the Federal Government level, giving people more hope.”
“I believe that Newt Gingrich is the most intelligent of the five, but is lacking the demeanor and diplomacy for the office.”
“I’ll support whoever the Republican candidate is. Hopefully it’ll be whoever has the best chance of beating Obama.”
“Anyone but Obama, even Ron Paul.”
“I would cast a vote for Newt Gingrich for President.”
“I am not overly impressed with any of the presidential candidates, but will be voting Republican when the time comes.”
“The ‘Tea Party’ and the neo-cons of the Republican Party are the biggest danger to our economy and our country as a whole.”
“A Republican slate is not final & we don’t know if Joe Biden is going to remain on the Obama ticket. The President is waiting.”
“Obama is a voice of sanity amongst candidates seemingly fixated on hysterical, untrue claims and a rush to the gutter.” – Homeowner feedback
“Not really anyone to vote for in that list.” – Homeowner feedback
“Very sad that a country as ours allowed these conditions to get to the level that they are. There will never be a solution as long as spending and parties cant agree to make us the strongest nation that it once was.” – Homeowner feedback
“There are no other viable presidential alternatives. It seems that at the very least Obama is trying. The other wannabees are completely out of touch with the majority of the American people.” – Homeowner feedback
“The 2012 Presidential election can’t come soon enough for our country.” – Homeowner feedback
“Stop the conservatives (Republicans) cold. Take back America. The United States will be set back 60 years if the rich, selfish, racist Republicans win.” – Homeowner feedback
“I think they all stink I just vote for the least smelly.” – Homeowner feedback
“I am a life long Republican but disappointed in their behavior. They have literally run the car into the ditch trying to oust Obama at all costs. Unfortunately that cost affects people like me that are not rich. We need big business to start hiring, we need Republicans to become a part of the answer, not a cause of the problems. If they had worked even to a small degree with the current president we would be in a much better place.” – Homeowner feedback
“I really don’t approve of any of the current candidates. The election is like ‘Monopoly’ he who has most money wins.” – Homeowner feedback
“I have not seen any viable solutions to the housing problem from any of the Republican candidates, who appear to be out of touch with reality.” – Homeowner feedback
“I would not vote for any of the crazy Republicans that are currently running for office in November.” – Homeowner feedback
“I do like Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Either would be acceptable to me. I cannot relate to, do not understand, and would never vote for Mitt Romney or New Gingrich. I cringe anytime I see or hear either of them. They seem disingenuous and elitist….completely out of touch.” – Homeowner feedback
“Currently undecided. There is no good alternative Republican candidate.” – Homeowner feedback
“All of congress should be replaced.” – Homeowner feedback
“President Obama has not helped very many homeowners, but the GOP candidates are acting like this problem will go away if we just ignore it long enough. Morons!” – Homeowner feedback
“More collaboration & cooperation among political parties would facilitate economic improvement. Non-stop campaigning is the greatest single threat to our form of republican democracy.” – Homeowner feedback
“I have lived through many recessions and know recovery takes time especially after the worst recession since the great recession. I think however the Republicans have had a complete bout of insanity. I have never agreed with Republicans but after the last six months of their rhetoric…….they scare the hell out of me.” – Homeowner feedback
“Obama inherited the problems of the past. Romney is an opportunist. Newt is newt…..terrible statesman.” – Homeowner feedback
“Politicians and politics have made our Country a sorry place to live and work. We need common sense decisions and a system that can work together to resolve our problems.” – Homeowner feedback
“I think Washington as a whole is a dismal failure. No one cares about America, only their own hide and party. Our elected officials are an embarrassment.” – Homeowner feedback
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- Southeast: Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee
- Mid-West: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri
- West: Alaska, Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana
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