Churchill Mortgage Corp. Announces Borrower Survey Results, Reveals Homeownership Still Part of American Dream

Survey gauges market's general thought on home purchase decision

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Jun 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Churchill Mortgage today announced the results from its recent survey of homeowners who purchased a home in 2009 or 2010, revealing that the majority of respondents (more than 83 percent) believe homeownership remains a part of the American Dream. Churchill is a leader in the mortgage industry providing conventional, FHA, VA and USDA residential mortgages across 23 states.

Majority of Homeowners are Happy with Purchase Decision

According to the survey, 88.7 percent of respondents who recently purchased a home were happy with their purchase decision. The majority of reasons centered around "stability of owning my own property," "getting away from renting," "better situation for raising children," "low rates made a bigger home more affordable, and many choices in the market to choose from," "having a yard and a real 'neighborhood feel' vs. apartment" and "better schools."

First-Time Homebuyers Continue to Rise

The survey also found that the market is seeing an influx of first-time homebuyers. More than 44 percent of respondents were first-time homebuyers. In addition, the survey revealed that 86 percent of respondents would encourage others to buy their first home now.

New Homeowners Believe Property Value Has Increased or Remained the Same

When Churchill Mortgage asked respondents asked about their property's current value, nearly 80 percent of respondents said their property had either increased or retained the same value. This seems to be the trend so far for 2012 as home prices have been increasing since the start of the year.

"As evidenced by our recent survey, confidence levels in the housing market are improving," said Mike Hardwick, president, Churchill Mortgage. "Fewer borrowers are experiencing buyer's remorse, and not one survey respondent said they regretted their decision. This is a positive sign we're seeing, and by 2013, we can expect to see greater home sales and a more stable economy."

About Churchill Mortgage

Founded in 1992, Churchill Mortgage is a prominent and financially sound leader in the mortgage industry, providing conventional, FHA, VA and USDA residential mortgages across 23 states. Unique within the industry, it is the only mortgage lender endorsed by nationally syndicated radio personality and personal finance expert and author, Dave Ramsey. Through its consultative approach to lending and strong commitment to local communities, the lender focuses on the right loan product for each borrower, providing the education and tools necessary to ensure borrowers' financial stability. For more information about Churchill Mortgage, visit www.churchillmortgage.com or follow them on Twitter @ChurchillMtg and Facebook at www.facebook.com/churchillmortgage .

SOURCE: Churchill Mortgage