Americans prefer Owning over Renting

April 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

A recent survey done by a Fannie Mae national housing survey came up with the following results. The survey shoed that most Americans now prefer owning over renting.

Despite the challenges facing the housing market, 65 percent of Americans would still prefer to own a home rather than rent, according to a Fannie Mae national housing survey.

In addition, 43 percent of respondents cite safety as a key reason to buy, while 33 percent are motivated to buy because they perceive schools to be better in neighborhoods where most homes are owned by their residents.

The survey results released Tuesday show that both buyers and renters are more cautious than they used to be. About 23 percent of renters say they will buy a home, but later than they once hoped.

A full 70 percent said they believe buying a home continues to be one of the safest investments available. This compares to 74 percent who think putting money into a bank account is safe. Only 17 percent believe buying stocks is a safe investment.

Also, 60 percent believe that it will be harder for them to get a mortgage to purchase a home than it was for their parents.

Source: Fannie Mae National Housing Survey (04/06/2010)


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