Home Ownership & Family Health

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a study titled ‘Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a belief of most Americans:

“Owning a home embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is the aspiration of most American households. Homeownership allows households to accumulate wealth and social status, and is the basis for a number of positive social, economic, family and civic outcomes.”

Here are some of the findings in NAR’s report:

  • There is a strong relationship between living in poor housing and a range of health problems, including respiratory conditions such as asthma, exposure to toxic substances, injuries and mental health.
  • Low-income people who become homeowners report higher life satisfaction, higher self-esteem, and higher perceived control over their lives.
  • Homeowners report higher self-esteem and happiness than renters. For example, homeowners are more likely to believe they can do things as well as anyone else, and they report higher self-ratings on their physical health even after controlling for age and socioeconomic factors.
  • Renters who become homeowners not only experience a significant increase in housing satisfaction but also obtain a higher satisfaction even in the same home in which they resided as renters.
  • On average, homeowners have a significant health advantage over renters. Homeowners are 2.5% more likely to have good health. When adjusting for demographic, socioeconomic, and housing–related characteristics, the homeowner advantage is even larger at 3.1%.

Real Estate Bottom Line

People often talk about the financial benefits of home ownership. There are also social benefits of owning your own home.

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