Why Homeownership Makes People Happier
Most Americans have no regrets about buying a home. In fact, it’s made them happier, a new survey shows.
Ninety-three percent of Americans say they are happier after buying a home, and 83% would never go back to renting, according to latest Homebuyer Insights Report, based on a survey of nearly 2,000 consumers. Most owners say they have an emotional attachment to their home, and ownership also has improved their lifestyle and variety of hobbies.
Eighty-eight percent of survey respondents say that buying a home is the best decision they’ve ever made. Seventy-nine percent say that owning a home has changed them for the better. Three out of four homeowners surveyed say they pursued new hobbies after buying a home, including:
• Landscaping/gardening: 47%
• Cooking/baking/grilling: 45%
• Interior design/remodeling: 33%
Further, two-thirds of respondents say their relationships with family and loved ones has changed for the better since purchasing a home. They credited homeownership as improving their relationships in the following ways:
• Given families a sense of pride: 47%
• Allowed homeowners to entertain more: 49%
• Enabled homeowners to bring the entire family under one roof: 24%
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