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What Do Homeowners Say About Homeownership?

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There is no shortage of experts that want to let us know how Americans feel about owning a home after the collapse of the residential market in the last five years. They MUST be devastated. They MUST feel trapped like prisoners in their own homes. They MUST be sorry they ever bought the house. These assumptions seem logical at times and can occasionally be supported by anecdotal evidence.

However, we want to go to the only people who truly understand how homeowners feel - the homeowners themselves. There have been three major surveys done this year that can shed light on the issue:

The National Housing Survey

This survey conducted by Fannie Mae showed:

  • 96% of all homeowners said homeownership has been a positive experience.
  • 64% consider buying a home as a safe investment. Buying a home was considered safer than buying stocks by over three times the number of people (64% vs 17%).

The top four reasons to buy:

  1. It means having a good place to raise children and provide 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 over what you do with your living space (renovations & updates)

American Attitudes About Home Ownership

According to this survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the National Association of Realtors, home owners believe that home ownership benefits individuals and families and strengthens our communities.

The vast majority of home owners say that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term. Even in today’s challenging economy, 95% of owners believe that over a period of several years, it makes more sense to own a home.

Home owners are much more likely to be satisfied with the quality of their family and community life than renters. While more than half of owners (56%) are “very” or “extremely” satisfied with the overall quality of their family life, only about one-third (36%) of renters report the same levels of satisfaction. Also, 43% of home owners are “very” or “extremely” satisfied with their community life, compared with 30% of renters.

An overwhelming majority of home owners are happy with their decision to own a home. A full 93% of owners surveyed would buy again.

Pew Research Center Survey

This recent survey titled “Home Sweet Home. Still” delves into homeowners' current belief in homeownership as a long term investment:

Homeowners whose home value has fallen only a little are equally enthusiastic about housing as a long-term investment: 85% say buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make. Among those who say their home has maintained it value or increased in value, 88% agree...

Even those who have seen their home values plummet are still committed to the idea that buying a home is a solid, long-term investment. Among those who say their home has lost a lot of its value, 80% agree that buying a home is the best long-term investment (36% strongly agree, 44% agree somewhat).

Bottom Line

There have been families that have been devastated by the current economy. However, through it all, homeowners have not wavered  in their belief in homeownership as the best long-term investment.

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17 Responses to “What Do Homeowners Say About Homeownership?”

  1. Gene Taylor April 20, 2011 at 9:33 am # Reply

    Great information to have when talking with potential buyers and with sellers who might be considering leasing after their sale. Thank you.

  2. Richard Bocchieri April 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm # Reply

    I think that these surveys show that most homebuyers feel it is generally a positive experience to purchase and own a home of their own. If you look at the history of home ownership in the last ten years or so, it has always been a good investment financially, emotionally, socially, and physically. These surveys just reinforces the facts that we already know and people afraid to get on board are just missing an opportunity of their lives!!!

  3. Chicky Lopez April 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm # Reply

    Agreed! Homeownership is more than the current value of a home. It still remains one of the best long term investments. It’s certainly safer than stocks and the stockmarket where when you lose $100,000 thru its downswings, the investor has nothing. When a house suffers downswings in price due to the economy, the brick and mortar remain and it continues to offer its physical comfort.

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