Homeownership

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Why We Shouldn't Obsess Over the Falling Homeownership Rate

The economy doesn't need more homeowners right now. It needs more households.

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How to Tell If We're Really Entering Another Housing Bubble

Recent claims that we're already there may be overstated.

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New York State Floats a Tax Credit for Renters

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes one to calm his critics.

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Where the Renters Live Now

The Census Bureau maps the homeownership rate of every neighborhood in America.

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Where Home Values Have Plummeted the Most Since the Recession

An uneven geography of disappearing wealth.

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Why Your Rent Is Rising Faster Than Inflation

The decline of homeownership has moved more people onto the rental market, pushing asking prices up at an alarming clip.

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The Economist Who Just Won a Nobel Prize Thinks Owning a Home Is a Terrible Investment

If everyone you know is telling you to buy a house, you should read Robert Shiller's work.

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White Flight's Surprising 'Silver Lining'

The historic exodus of whites from American cities helped boost black homeownership nationwide.

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Would You Rather Pay Your Rent to a Bum Landlord or a Wall Street Investor?

The housing bust may have created a new kind of rental industry. Is that a good thing?

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Why the U.S. Needs to Fall Out of Love With Homeownership

Politicians should stop pretending that owning your own home is the way to make the nation richer.

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The Steady Decline of Homeownership for Everyone, Everywhere

In four charts.

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We Could Have Fixed the Underwater Mortgage Crisis a Long Time Ago

This surprisingly simple solution is win-win, if only the banks would sign on.

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The Link Between High Levels of Homeownership and Unemployment

Communities with lots of homeowners may restrict labor mobility, generate longer commutes, and lower rates of new business formation.

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Delaying Car and Home Ownership Has Helped Millennials Dramatically Reduce Their Debt

Young Americans have been offloading debt at a much higher rate than older generations.

This Is What the Typical American Home Looks Like Now

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and central air.