(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – According to the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index® survey, 89 percent of Americans feel that buying a home is an important part of achieving the American Dream and remains a highly desirable goal. Sixty-four percent believe owning a home is an attainable goal for the typical middle-income family, which is an increase from 2013 when just 41 percent saw home ownership as an attainable goal.
Those not owning a home cite financial limitations as their biggest barriers. Fourteen percent say low credit score is their primary obstacle; 13 percent say it’s a lack of down payment; and 12 percent say the price of homes is their primary problem.
Most homeowners still view their home as stability for their financial future, with 78% listing their home as their most important or somewhat most important asset when it comes to retirement.
The report, however, does expose a generational divide. Those ages 30-39 and 50-65 are more likely to say owning a home is not an attainable goal for a middle-income family.
“While nearly everyone pictures a home as the American Dream, reality often looks different,” said Joe Buhrmann, manager of financial security support ah COUNTRY Financial. “Younger Americans are more likely to reject the idea of home ownership. Yet, the financial challenges of buying a home can affect those of any age. If home ownership is your future, it’s vital to begin planning and saving as soon as possible.”
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Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, an online real estate, mortgage broker, and vocational school founded in 1997, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses and has been awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center’s CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus in the National Association, Life Member award in Portland Metro Association and Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee.
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