Homeownership: “The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.”
The famous quote by Mark Twain in the title of this article can be used to describe homeownership in America today. Last week, the Census revealed that the percentage of homeowners in the country increased for the first time in thirteen years.
A story in the Wall Street Journal gave these new homeownership numbers some context:
“The annual increase marks a crucial turning point because it comes after the federal government reined in bubble-era policies that encouraged banks to ease lending standards to boost homeownership. This time, what’s driving the market is a shift in favor of owning rather than renting.
‘This is market, market and market…There’s no government incentive program in sight that is having this effect,’ said Susan Wachter, a professor of real estate and finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, ‘This is back to basics.’”
In a separate report comparing the rental population in America to the homeowner population, RentCafé also concluded that the gap is now shrinking.
“Undoubtedly, the recession had a great impact on homeownership…However, it looks like it takes more to discourage Americans from buying a house than that.
As the years go by, it seems more and more certain that the fact that renting has seen a sudden gain in popularity is more a reaction to the economic crisis than a paradigm shift in the Americans’ attitude toward housing.”
America’s belief in homeownership was also evidenced in a recent survey by Pew Research. They asked consumers “How important is homeownership to achieving the American Dream?”
- 43% said homeownership was essential to the American Dream
- 48% said homeownership was important to the American Dream
- Only 9% said it was not importantBottom Line: Homeownership has been, is and will always be a crucial element of the American Dream.
Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.
National Association of Realtors (NAR) has revealed information that suggests that right now continues to be a great time to sell your house.
Charming 2 bedroom cottage in Center Moriches!
It is simply the theory of supply and demand working as it should.
Many homeowners are not aware that they have regained equity in their homes as their investment has increased in value.
If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!
Speculation has driven certain markets over the last year. However, it has not been speculation, but instead people’s desire for homeownership, that has driven the real estate market.
Buyers in the market during the winter months are truly motivated purchasers. They want to buy now.
The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search.
Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.