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Only 51% See Buying A Home As Family’s Best Investment

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 51% now believe buying a home is a family’s best investment. That’s down from 55% in March and from 73% in February 2009.

Only once before - in August of last year - has the belief in home ownership been this low.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of adults do not think a home is the best investment for families, while another 23% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Just 11% of all Americans say now is a good time for someone in their area to sell their house, showing little change over the past several months.  Seventy-two percent (72%) say now is not a good time to sell in the area where they live. Seventeen percent (17%) are undecided.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 14-15, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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