by Michael Lowrey
And to a 25-year low at 63.8 percent in the first quarter of the year. Or as Marketwatch reports, back to where they use to be. The key quote:
However, long-term trends show that the drop in homeownership is actually pushing the U.S. back to “normal” levels, said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist at CoreLogic, an Irvine, Calif.–based analysis firm. The market may even see further drops, he added.
“In the mid-1990s pro-homeownership policies led to an expansion in mortgage credit and the homeownership rate peaked in 2004 at 69%,” Khater said. “Homeownership rates are back to roughly their long-term trend between the 1960s and 1990s.”