OWNING VS. RENTING Owning your own home may be one of the defining qualities of the American Dream, the set of ideals that includes opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work. Homeownership has long been considered one of the strongest representations of that vision — 66% of Americans own their own home, and many more hope they will or wish they did. Something about homeownership plucks a strong chord with Americans. Financial security, permanency, status, or pride; whatever the reason for wanting to own your own home, there has never been a time in recent memory when the health of our credit reports has meant so much as when we decide to buy a home of our own. Lifestyle plays a big role in the decision to own versus rent. Home-buying is most often driven by household formation, such as marriage and childbirth, but not always: for the millennial generation, the primary reported reason for buying a home is owning a dog. Age is also a major factor in general: less than 40% of people under 35 years old own homes, while 60% of people over 35 years old own homes, and more than 80% of people 65 years old or older own homes.
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