U.S. Homeownership Falls to 10-Yr. Low of 67.2%; Bad Homeowners Return to Being Good Renters
According to data released several weeks ago by the Census Bureau, the U.S. homeownership rate fell to 67.2% in the fourth quarter of 2009, the lowest rate since 67.1% in the first quarter of 2000, almost ten years ago. Compared to the peak of 69.2% in 2004, homeownership has fallen by two full percentage points.
As Robert Samuelson wrote in Newsweek (August 2008):
"We think everyone should become a homeowner, when many families can't or shouldn't. The result is to encourage lending to weak borrowers who are likely to default. The avid pursuit of a few more percentage points on the homeownership rate has condoned enormously damaging policies."