Good News on Homeownership--At Last

J: One of the more depressing trends of the last decade was the seemingly endless decline in the national homeownership rate. As the chart shows, it peaked in the second quarter of 2004 at 69.4 percent seasonally adjusted. The February 28 release from the Census Bureau proves conclusively that we are now well past the bottom. We hit 64.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. That is the highest since the 64.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014. It is just below the second quarter of 1995, which was 64.7 percent. The bottom was the 63.0 percent posted in the second quarter of 2016. That was the lowest since 1965. It was particularly encouraging to see the rate for homeowners aged 35

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