There are many financial and non-financial benefits to owning a home. Often called the cornerstone of the American Dream, home ownership has always been an important milestone of adulthood. The recession of 2008 resulted in a record number of foreclosures. Three million Americans foreclosed upon their home in 2008, an 81 percent increase from the previous year and a 225 percent increase from 2006.
The post-recession economic climate (among other factors) has contributed to the delay of younger Americans becoming first-time homeowners. Despite the delay, Millenials still view owning as a superior option to renting. According to a TD Bank survey of 18-34-year-olds, 84 percent of those surveyed cited a desire to become a homeowner. Half of the respondents referred to purchasing property as “a vital component of the American Dream.”
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