Donna Yates, Move 2 North Real Estate Isn't the Product, America Is !

Real Estate Isn't the Product, America Is !

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Source:  RISMEDIA, February 12, 2011—, a top site for home buyers, sellers and renters, released the results of its biannual American Dream survey, which has tracked American attitudes towards homeownership since 2009.

"American Dream Still Lives: Seventy percent of Americans still view homeownership as being part of their American Dream. In fact, more than three out of four homeowners (78%) say their homes are the best investment they ever made. Conversely, only 20% feel trapped in their "underwater" homes while 14% said they would walk away from their homes in a heartbeat if they could." 


I can't even begin to understand why anyone would doubt the American Dream of home ownership.   Greg Rand, CEO of Own America said it best, "Real estate isn't the product, America is the product"... "We have more pure property rights than any other country on the planet"...

People from all over the world want to live here; they fight and even lose their lives to get here?  And don't forget the basic human need for shelter. These are two main drivers as to why real estate is still a good investment. Long term, real estate always performs and appreciates and this has been proven over and over historically. Home ownership is still the American Dream because America is in demand. 


Whether you rent or buy, you pay for the home you occupy.




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Comment balloon 8 commentsDonna Yates • February 12 2011 11:02AM


Let's home our currently administration doesn't do any more to harm the American Dream for so many Americans.

Posted by Diana Manzato almost 7 years ago

This type of information is exactly why I take the time to read the occasional post here on activerain.  Great information that I definitely would not have known otherwise.

Posted by Vaughn Hill (Monroe Home Inspection) almost 7 years ago

Diana:  We see what the young people in Egypt accomplished.  We can do the same here with our votes and to be sure we truly educate ourselves on the candidates and what they stand for.  We have to look past the political rhetoric and get to the core of every single politician.  Knowledge is power.

Vaughn:  I really appreciate your very kind comment.  Thank you.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 7 years ago

Donna, who wouldn't want to own their own home? Of course there are exceptions where for very good reasons, people don't own, but the stability, the freedom to decorate as you please, the pleasure of something to call your own and the 'forced savings account' are all great reasons to own a home.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 7 years ago

Hi Donna....Great Post !!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Frank and Sharon: Great points and let's mention stabilizing neighborhoods and lowers crime rates in communities and promotes a sense of community and pride too.  All the more reason why it is astounding to me when someone questions whether or not homeownership is still the American dream.  If not homeownership, then what, I wonder?  A tent?

Fred:  Thank you.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 7 years ago

Hi Donna;

A very interesting and well researched post.

We have to be VERY careful though that the American Dream as we know it; the dream that my parents risked their lives for; the dream that brought people like myself into this Country and the dream that most Americans hold so dear does not disappear completely.

My father spent over 15 years of his life trying to reach these shores. My uncle spent 4 years in  jail because he was caught trying to emigrate out of Hungary. I have spent the past thirty years working very hard to have what I have now. I have helped many fellow immigrants in getting started in this Country - they also worked hard for the American Dream; purchased and paid for their houses and assisted other immigrants in return. They (we) all learned English and became an integral part of this society.

Unfortunately this is no longer so. Most young people coming over from Europe simply want the quick success without the willingness to work for it. Home ownership is not what it used to be - instead it became a business, it became a symbol of getting rich quick or misfortune in some cases

Without getting too winded: times are changing and people, including myself, are re-thinking their priorities. The American Dream as we knew it is slipping out of reach or out of want ..... We MUST re-capture our priorities and we MUST have faith in our system again so that the American Dream can live on.

On a POSITIVE NOTE : I am gettiung VERY busy, and when designers get busy, it means an upswing in tghe Rael Estate market :-)

Posted by Geza Csuros (Geza Design) almost 7 years ago

Hi Geza:  Great comment.  However, I am one who believes the American Dream is not slipping away, unless people want to live in tents but I think homeownership is more affordable now than it's been in decades; granted lending is tighter now so a bit of a double edged sword I guess.  Glad to hear you are busy.  Same here.  Since the weather is better, folks are out and about.  I very much appreciate your comment.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 7 years ago

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