: Do Americans Still Believe In Home Ownership? - National Housing Survey 2012

Do Americans Still Believe In Home Ownership? - National Housing Survey 2012

Freddie MacEach quarter, Fannie Mae releases their National Housing Survey. They survey the American public on a multitude of questions concerning today’s housing market. Here they are for the most recent report:

84% of the general population believes that owning a home makes more sense than renting.

The Most Important Reasons to Buy a Home

The study shows that the four major reasons a person buys a home have nothing to do with money. The top four reasons, in order, are:

1.    It means having a good place to raise children and provide them with a good education

2.    You have a physical structure where you and your family feel safe

3.    It allows you to have more space for your family

4.    It gives you control of what you do with your living space (renovations and updates)

The Home as an Investment

Though most people purchase a home for non-financial reasons, everyone realizes there is a money component to homeownership. Here is what they said on this issue:

§ 63% of the general population believes that homeownership is a ‘safe’ investment.

§ 53% believe that homeownership has more potential as an investment than any other traditional asset class.

Rent vs. Buy

Rent vs. Buy Louisville, Kentucky

We are always interested in the difference people see in renting vs. owning.

§ 64% of renters have aspirations to someday own their own home

§ 70% of renters think that owning is superior to renting

Bottom Line

The belief in the value of homeownership grows each time this survey is released. Not only does it serve as a shelter and provide a sense of ownership, it also typically makes great financial sense as well.

Comment balloon 1 commentS W • April 04 2012 08:47AM


excellent news as we know renting is a cost that most folks do not fully understand... I met a realtor who was on the edge about buying during a seminar and by the end of the meeting she was ready to buy!  it was inspirational... 

Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) over 8 years ago

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