The financial turmoil we have experienced over the last five years has definitely taken it's toll. It has especially been a difficult time for real estate. Nationally, values have fallen over 25% and there may be more softening in prices to come. We realize that this has caused difficulty, and in some cases, heartbreak for many families. People unable to make their mortgage payments have been forced to sell or, even worse, have faced foreclosure.
However, the thing that has continued to amaze us is the country's steadfast belief in the benefits of homeownership even in these most difficult of times. The vast majority of Americans still realize that the value of a family owning a home goes far beyond just the financial considerations.
There have been three major surveys done in the last 75 days delving into Americans' current belief in the value of owning a home: