This report takes a close look at the ownership of homes and the impact of stable housing, as opposed to transitory housing and homelessness, on social outcomes looking at educational achievements, civic participation, health benefits, crime, public assistance, and property maintenance and improvement.
“Homeownership certainly contributes to positive social outcomes, but those outcomes are truly a result of stable housing communities,” said Vicki Cox Golder, President of the NAR. “With strong social ties and a cohesive community, home owners can enjoy not only the long-term financial benefit of owning a home, but also a more satisfying life – which is what’s really at the heart of the American Dream.” After all, homeownership has been a key element of the American Dream for decades and remains very much alive even today.
Homeownership plays a key role in educational achievement as students from families who own their homes are more likely to stay in school. Students from families that rent move more frequently and this has a negative impact on the level of stability and achievement in academic settings.
Civic participation is more likely from those who own their own homes, as opposed who rent as homeowners have a vested interest in their community. Homeowners are more likely to vote and be active in an effort to bring about positive change in their own communities.
Golder adds, “The research shows that home owners report higher self-esteem and happiness than renters, resulting in better overall health, both physically and psychologically.”
It only stands to reason that home owners are more vested both emotionally and financially in their property than renters. Therefore, property owners are more likely to establish crime prevention programs designed to keep their neighborhoods safe and their property values high. Neighborhoods with higher rates of renters tend to be less stable, and many times the result is social disorganization, which ultimately leads to higher rates of crime.
Those who own their own homes spend more time and money maintaining their homes than renters will. Property values and stability are therefore higher in neighborhoods with higher rates of homeownership.
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