Americans are significantly more optimistic about homeownership than they were a year ago. That’s according to a new national survey released this week from Prudential Real Estate. According to the second-annual Prudential Real Estate Outlook Survey, a full 60% of Americans have favorable views toward the real estate market. That’s up 8 points since last year! The survey shows that signs of increasing optimism are widespread:

• With interest rates at historically low levels, 96% agree or somewhat agree that now is a good time to buy.

• A full 70% of respondents have some degree of confidence that property values will improve over the next two years; with an 8 point increase in those very confident or confident compared to last year.

• 63% believe that real estate is a good investment despite the recent market volatility; that’s up 11 points from last year.

The survey confirms that despite the recession, homeownership remains a central part of the American Dream. Eight in 10 respondents said homeownership is very important to them; only 15% said the economic downturn made homeownership less important.

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