Fannie Mae’s latest National Housing Survey found 78 percent of respondents believe housing prices will hold steady or increase this year, up from 73 percent in January 2010. The survey, which polled homeowners and renters between October and December of last year, is meant to assess Americans’ confidence in homeownership as an investment, the current state of their household finances, and views of the housing market and general economy. Also in the survey, 65 percent of respondents believe now is a good time to buy a house, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Doug Duncan, vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, said most respondents continue to lack confidence in the strength of the overall economic recovery but there are encouraging signs in the positive attitude toward homeownership among younger Americans and the belief that housing prices will remain stable this year. More here, here, and here.