Wish Americans didn't have such a negative view of the housing market? According Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey, they don't. Consumer sentiment, the safeness of a home as an investment and the importance of paying debts all scored relatively high marks.
A Good Time to Buy
Perhaps the most surprising result was the strength of consumer sentiment towards buying a home. Approximately the same number of respondents believes that now is a good a time to buy a home as did in 2003:
So should we expect a new housing boom, like the one we saw in 2004-2006? Not exactly. Just because people think it's a good time to buy a home doesn't mean many will do so. Consumers must also be able to buy a home. Considering the economic challenges the U.S. continues to face, fewer Americans have the income, wealth and credit needed to purchase a house now than in 2003.
Still A Safe Investment
Interestingly, the housing market's collapse hasn't deterred many people from appreciating a home's value as a safe investment. The survey also found that the vast majority of Americans still consider a home a very safe place to invest your savings:
Perhaps they should read this post from earlier, which argues that home prices shouldn't generally increase much.