Feb 01, 2011
Courtesy of KCM
Posted: 31 Jan 2011 04:00 AM PST
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 by over 25% and there may be more softening in prices to come. We realize that this has caused difficulty and in some cases heartbreak in 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 believe 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 believe in the value of owning a home:
- The National Housing Survey by Fannie Mae this past November.
- The Housing Survey by the Gallup Organization completed last month.
- The American’s Attitudes About Homeownership (AAAH) study completed by Harris Interactive for the National Association of Realtors.
Each showed the country still believes that buying a home makes all the sense in the world. Let’s consider some of the findings:
Is owning a home good for a family?
- § In the AAAH study, 87% of homeowners and 64% of renters believed that “owning a home provides a healthy and stable environment for raising a family”.
- § The Fannie Mae study showed that the main reason people gave for buying a home is that “it is a good place to raise children and provide a good education”.
- § AAAH: The study shows that an astonishing 88% say it has been “a positive or very positive experience”. An overwhelming majority of home owners are happy with their decision to own a home. A full 93% of owners surveyed would buy again.
- § Fannie Mae: The study shows that 95% see homeownership as a “positive experience” for them and their families.
- § AAAH: Most renters aspire to home ownership. The majority of renters (63%) say they are at least somewhat likely to purchase a home at some point in the future. Among them, young adults (18- to 24-years-old) have the strongest aspirations for home ownership.
- § Fannie Mae: 67% of renters plan to purchase a home in the future.
- § AAAH: 78% of homeowners and 58% of renters believe now is a good time to buy.
- § Fannie Mae: 64% of those surveyed said it is a good time to buy a home.
- § Gallup Poll: 67% of Americans think now is a good time to purchase a home.
Has owning a home been a positive experience?
Do renters aspire to own a home?
Is now a good time to buy a home?
Survey after survey report Americans believe two things: that there is a value in owning a home and that now is the time to buy!! What are you waiting for?
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