Real Estate May 24, 2011

Continued confidence in homeownership

The real estate bust appears to have done little to alter Americans’ confidence in the investment value of homeownership.

A robust 81% of adults said buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make, according to a national survey done this year by the Pew Research Center in Washington.

“Owning a home is really a part of the American dream, and that is just part of the American psyche and something that people aspire to,” said Kim Parker, associate director for the center and one of the study’s authors.

The study’s results were unexpected, given the deep plunge in home prices and the fallout from the mortgage crisis, she said. Homeownership topped the list of long-term financial goals for Americans, according to the study; respondents rated homeownership, as well as living comfortably in retirement, more important than sending children to college or leaving offspring an inheritance.

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