What Makes a Renter vs. an Owner

Age and income count for a lot. Yet past experience is not a reliable guide
Photograph by Andres Gonzalez/Gallery Stock

In the pantheon of enduring debates, the question of renting vs. buying reigns king, a boxers-vs.-briefs with real consequences. Fannie Mae’s new Rent-Own Analysis shows that what shapes an individual’s future plans depends largely on their current status. For renters or borrowers with a mortgage, their attitudes about housing and money drive their intentions of what to do the next time they move.

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