Aspiring Home Buyers Profile

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The Aspiring Home Buyer Profile is an in depth examination of the consumer preferences of non-homeowners, defined as those that rent and those that live with someone else (such as family or friends) without paying rent. The Aspiring Home Buyer Profile compares and contrasts the perceptions of homeownership, the American Dream, and housing affordability from the perspective of non-homeowners.


  • Of the U.S. consumer households that were surveyed each month in 2017, 63 percent of respondents were homeowners, 28 percent were renters, and 9 percent lived with someone else.
  • Of the non-owners, 46 percent were 34 years or under, 57 percent make an income of under $50,000, and 41 percent live in suburban areas.
  • For both homeowners and non-homeowners alike, homeownership is strongly considered a part of the American Dream.
  • For non-owners, eight in 10 reported that homeownership is part of their American Dream in Q4. For owners, nine in 10 believe it is part of their American Dream.


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