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National Housing Survey 2012

Each quarter, Fannie Mae releases their National Housing Survey. They survey the American public on a multitude of questions concerning today’s housing market. We like to pull out some of the findings we deem most interesting each time it is released. 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

When we talk about homeownership today, it seems that the financial aspects always jump to the front of the discussion. However, 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

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

Our belief in the value of homeownership grows each time this survey is released.

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1 reply
  1. Dee Jones
    Dee Jones says:

    I think this is a very good article.  I agree with all the information contained in the survey for reasons to own a home.  I, however, draw the line at the statement 70% think owning is superior to renting.  Makes it sound like the majority of home owner think renting is not a good thing that they renters are beneath them.

    I have both owned and rented.  I rented when I was young and single; owned a home after marriage and while raising children; began moving around the country because of work and both owned and rented (depending on situation).  I have found that renting is so much easier and less work but you must be a good renter renting from a good landlord (I know you know where I am going with this.

    Bottom line is there are many, many people who would much rather “live” life than “live” for a house…..and, in today’s world “living for a house” is happening much, much too often.


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