The most recent Housing Pulse Survey released by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the two major reasons Americans prefer owning their own home instead of renting are:They want the opportunity to build equity.They want a stable and safe environment.Building EquityIn a recent article by The Mortgage Reports, they report that “buying and owning a home is the essence of ‘The American Dream.’ Each month, your housing payments go toward owning your home instead of renting it; building your personal wealth and assets instead of someone else’s.History has shown that homeownership is a clear path to wealth-building, with homeowners boasting a net worth

[that is] multiples higher than the net worth of renters.”  Family Stability Does owning your home really create a more stable environment for your family?A survey of property managers conducted by disclosed two reasons tenants should feel less stable with their housing situation:68% of property managers predict that rental rates will continue to rise in the next year by an average of 8%.53% of property managers said that they were more likely to bring in a new tenant at a higher rate than to negotiate and renew a lease with a current tenant they already know.We can see from these survey results that renting will provide anything but a stable environment in the near future.Bottom LineHomeowners enjoy a more stable environment, and at the same time are given the opportunity to build their family’s net worth.