Homebuyer sentiment: U.S. still optimistic

Elliott Pollack
Elliott Pollack

Realtor Magazine | National Association of Realtors

Cities may be putting more social distancing measures in place to control the spread of COVID-19, but physical distance is not lessening consumers’ views on buying a home in the future. A new survey released by Point2 Homes, an online real estate marketplace, shows that home buyer sentiment remains resilient despite the global pandemic.

Point2 Homes surveyed 2,900 visitors to its site from March 23 to 26 to learn their views on the short- and long-term impact the coronavirus will have on their home search. Researchers found the 45 to 54 age group is the most optimistic about buying at this time. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they are still looking to buy a home, regardless of the outbreak. Respondents over age 65, on the other hand, showed more reluctance. Twenty-seven percent of respondents over the age of 65 said they have halted any actions in purchasing a new home at this time.

Overall, 34% of respondents said they are determined to buy a home in the next six months, and 25% said they plan to over the next year, the survey shows.

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