Home ownership is at a 48-year low, driven in part by a shocking pattern of foreclosure that put 9.4 million out of their homes during the recent recession, according to a Harvard survey. Figures from the St. Louis Fed showed a homeownership rate of 63.5 percent. The last time it was lower was in 1967.
The Harvard Joint Center on Housing Studies report put a focus on foreclosures.
"A critical but often overlooked factor is the role of foreclosures in depleting the ranks of homeowners. Indeed, CoreLogic estimates that more than 9.4 million homes (the majority owner-occupied) were forfeited through foreclosures, short sales, and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure from the start of the housing crash in 2007 through 2015," said the report.