According to a study from the Mortgage Bankers Association titled The Great Recession and Attitudes Toward Homebuying, nearly 80 percent of American households believe now is a good time to purchase a home. The research examined consumer attitudes toward homeownership before, during, and after the most recent recession using 30 years of data from the University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumer Attitudes. The findings show despite slow economic growth and high unemployment, Americans overwhelmingly say conditions are good for buyers. The positive perception was particularly strong among young, educated, white and Hispanic Americans. Michael Fratantoni, MBA’s vice president of research and economics, said the study shows young households still value homeownership and that homebuyer sentiment has returned to its long-term average. More here.