How America Views Home Ownership

Monday, September 15, 2014

New York, NY - Conducting a national study for public release, Ipsos partnered up with Wells Fargo to gain insight on the perceptions and attitudes of the American public toward various aspects of home ownership, including aspects of financial planning such as borrowing. Results show that the majority of Americans – including Millennials - consider themselves to be financially responsible, not spending beyond their means, while claiming to also understand how to manage, save, invest, and earn their money. However, when it comes to the financial aspects associated with purchasing a home, education opportunities do exist as misperceptions about the home buying process are common - particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage, the various types of mortgages that are available (that may help potential buyers qualify), and down payment requirements.

These are the findings from an Ipsos poll conducted from June 3 – 16, 2014 on behalf of Wells Fargo. For the survey, a sample of 2,017 respondents living in the US was interviewed online, including 2,009 respondents who either own or rent a home.

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Rebecca Sizelove
Associate Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

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How America Views Home Ownership

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Rebecca Sizelove Strong
Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs