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BMO Harris Bank Housing Survey Finds 60 Percent of Illinois Homeowners Believe Value of Their Home Will Increase in Next Year

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Jul 30, 2014) -

  • One fifth of those planning to buy say market activity will likely cause them to buy a new home sooner than they otherwise would
  • Nearly a third say market activity has delayed or ended their home purchase plans
  • BMO Economics: Housing affordability remains historically very attractive

With home prices increasing steadily, a new study released today by BMO Harris Bank found that six in 10 (61 percent) Illinois homeowners believe the value of their home will go up over the next 12 months. Looking back over the past year, 56 percent felt the value had increased and 28 percent thought it had gone down.

In Chicago, 66 percent bel ieve their home's value will rise in the next year, and 57 percent said it had gone up over the past year, while 27 percent said they thought it had gone down.

"Market prices overall continue to exhibit signs of a recovery, and as a result, most homebuyers in our survey are optimistic that the value of their home will trend upward over the next year," said Joe Tunk, Head of Mortgage Sales, Illinois, BMO Harris Bank. "We had a very active homebuying season this spring, and momentum has continued into the summer months. We encourage those thinking about entering the market to start with the pre-approval process, and work with their banker to ensure they have stress-tested their budget for payments."

When Illinois residents with mortgages were asked about the forecast for interest rates:

  • 60 percent said they expect rates to go up, with 46 percent expecting a small increase and 14 percent anticipating a large increase
  • 15 percent believe that rates will decrease over the next five years
  • A quarter believe that rates will stay the same

"Housing affordability remains historically very attractive, despite rising home prices and borrowing costs coming off their lows. As a result, there continues to be decent demand for homes, assisted from firming household formation," said Michael Gregory, Head of U.S. Economics, BMO Capital Markets. "Although overall U.S. housing activity is experiencing slower momentum than we saw earlier in the recovery, positive developments such as the recent down-drift in mortgage rates and solid job numbers should give an added boost to housing."

At the national level, the survey found:

  • Six in 10 (59 percent) Americans believe the value of their home will rise in the next 12 months, and the same&# 160;proportion say it has risen over the last year
  • 29 percent of those looking to buy say they have sped up their timeline to buy a home as a result of market activity, and the same proportion say it has caused them to delay or give up
  • Six in 10 (59) percent of those with a mortgage say they expect interest rates to rise over the next five years

Survey results cited in this report are from a Pollara survey commissioned by BMO Harris Bank using interviews with an online sample of 2,500 Americans, including 250 from the state of Illinois, conducted between April 1st and 7th, 2014. The margin of error for a probability sample of 2,500 is ± 1.96%, and 250 is ± 6.2% 19 times out of 20.

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About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank or credit approval. BMO Harris ® and BMO Harris Bank® are trade names used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and CDN $582 billion in assets (as of April 30, 2014).

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