75% of Americans Feel Homeownership is Still Part of the Dream

With all the issues concerning the real estate market of today, you might be surprise to find that 75% of Americans still feel that buying a house is in their plans for the future.  Home ownership has been part of the American dream for so long that even faced with the bad press and declining market it seems like the smart thing to do.  And why not?  Interest rates have hit new lows.  Short sales and foreclosures have driven the prices down to all time low market values.

If you are interested in a home for sale in Jacksonville FL, call Traditions Realty.  We can help you determine value in today’s market so that you can make a decision based on current data.  Realtors with Traditions Realty have real world experience in buying and selling single family homes, investment and commercial properties.    Read more below.

75% of Americans support homeownership

WASHINGTON – June 15, 2011 – Nearly three out of four American voters believe that it’s reasonable and appropriate for the federal government to provide tax incentives to promote homeownership, a sentiment that cuts across partisan and regional lines across the country, according to a recent poll conducted on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Further, an overwhelming majority of respondents oppose eliminating the mortgage interest deduction and would be less likely to support a candidate for Congress who wants to do away with this vital tax incentive.

“Despite the current housing downturn, Americans still see homeownership as a core value and key building block,” says Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners, which conducted the survey along with Public Opinion Strategies. “The bottom line: The bipartisan consensus outside the Beltway is that owning a home remains an essential part of the American Dream, and voters would strongly oppose any efforts by lawmakers to increase barriers to homeownership.”

Two thousand likely 2012 voters were surveyed from May 3 through May 9. Among the poll’s key findings:

• 73 percent of all respondents – both owners and renters – believe the federal government should provide tax incentives to promote homeownership. This support for housing runs strong among all party affiliations, with 79 percent of Democrats, 71 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of Independents agreeing.

• 71 percent of voters oppose proposals to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction, and 63 percent oppose efforts to reduce it. A majority also oppose eliminating the deduction for interest paid on home equity loans, ending the deduction for interest paid on a second home, limiting the deduction for those earning more than $250,000 per year or capping the deduction for homeowners with mortgages over $500,000.

• By a more than two-to-one margin (57 percent to 26 percent), voters said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supports eliminating the mortgage interest deduction. These figures held firm across the political spectrum, with 63 percent of Republicans, 56 percent of Independents, 55 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of tea party supporters saying they would be less likely to support a candidate who favored killing the deduction.

• Even when told that getting rid of the mortgage interest deduction would help ease the federal budget deficit, 65 percent of voters opposed any proposal to abolish the housing tax provision. This strong consensus cuts across partisan lines, with 69 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of Independents and 59 percent of Democrats opposing eliminating the deduction.

• Saving for a downpayment and closing costs is the biggest barrier to homeownership.

• Among voters who are aware of proposals under consideration by Washington policymakers to raise the downpayment requirements for a home loan, 92 percent believe it will make it more difficult to buy a home. Six federal agencies are proposing a national standard to require a minimum 20 percent downpayment, which would be opposed by households most likely to be affected – mortgage holders and renters ages 18 to 54. Among voters in these age groups, 59 percent of renters and 58 percent of those holding a mortgage oppose adding that obstacle to buying a home.

• 81 percent of voters agree on the need to promote policies that encourage homeownership in order to rebuild the middle class and 83 percent believe that a strong housing industry will provide more jobs and strengthen the economic health of local communities.

• 75 percent of voters say that owning a home is the best long-term investment they can make.

• 73 percent of voters who do not now own a home say that it is a goal of theirs to eventually buy a home.

• An even greater percentage of homeowners – 95 percent – say they’re happy with their decision to own a home and believe that owning a own home is important.

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