How secure do Americans feel about their financial security?
Americans expect home prices to increase over the next year.
However, they are also feeling less comfortable about their total amount of debt and the amount they have in savings compared to last year.
Over half (55%) of Americans predict housing prices to rise over the next 12 months, while only 27 percent expect prices to remain the same and 9 percent expect them to fall.
Americans in the upper-middle-income bracket were the most optimistic about the future housing market (with 65 percent expecting prices to rise).
Since the U.S. market bottomed out in October 2011 there has been a steady rise in home values.
A previous report by Bankrate revealed that nearly a quarter (23 percent) of Americans see real estate as the “best way to invest money not needed” for more than a decade.
Americans are optimistic about home prices rising:
American financial security is negative
Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate.com’s senior financial analyst, said:
“It seems like Americans’ love affair with real estate has returned. But there are still some clear headwinds, including rising mortgage rates, stubbornly high unemployment and the relatively low U.S. household savings rate.”
American financial security turned negative for the first time since February in September, dropping down to 99.5 from 100.5 in August.
Bankrate’s Financial Security Index gauges how Americans feel today versus a year ago on vital financial matters. An index value of less than 100 indicates declining levels of financial security; a value greater than 100 reveals higher levels of security compared to 12 months ago.
In addition, the percentage of Americans feeling less comfortable about debt is higher for September this year compared to last year (21% versus 17% respectively).
More people are feeling less comfortable about the amount of debt they have:
Americans feel less comfortable with their savings
The report revealed that Americans are feeling less comfortable with their savings compared to last year.
More Republicans are feeling less comfortable about their savings than Democrats (42% versus 29% respectively), and women are much less comfortable than men (39% versus 27%):
Less comfort about savings:
The survey was carried out by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI).