The majority of Americans say that owning a home is a good investment, according to a new poll of more than 2,800 registered voters commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders.
"The survey shows that most Americans believe that owning a home remains an integral part of the American Dream and that policymakers need to take active steps to encourage and protect home ownership," says NAHB Chairman Ed Brady. Those surveyed were split on which one of the current presidential candidates they felt would be best for housing, at 37 percent each, while 25 percent of those surveyed said they dont know.
The survey found that 72 percent of Americans say that they support the government providing tax incentives to encourage home ownership.
Eighty-one percent of 18-29 year olds surveyed say they want to be able to buy a home one day.
However, obstacles still remain in their path, as well as for others too. Among all those polled, 55 percent say that the biggest obstacle to buying a home is finding a home at a price that they can afford. Fifty percent said they were prevented from buying due to insufficient savings for a down payment, and 41 percent say they are struggling to get approved for a home loan.
Still, 36 percent of the more than 2,800 Americans surveyed say they hope to buy a home within the next three years, the survey showed.