Harvard: Home ownership at 20-year low, blacks suffer most

The American Dream of a home is slipping out of reach for millions of Americans, especially African Americans, as house sales hit a 20-year low, according to a new Harvard University study of the U.S. housing market.
Instead, house-poor Americans are shifting to rentals with such speed that many areas can barely keep up with demand.
Overall, home ownership, the cornerstone of the American Dream, is down to 63 percent, a far cry from the 69 percent registered in 2004. The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing report said current home ownership percentages rival that of 1993.

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