Homeownership down, vacancies flat, prices leveled — welcome to Q4 of 2012

According to the Census Bureau, the homeownership rate in the U.S. dropped from 66.0 percent of households in the fourth quarter of 2011 to a mere 65.4 percent in Q4 2012. (It’s also down 0.1 percent from the third quarter.)

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Meanwhile, the vacancy rate for houses was 1.9 percent — about half a percent lower than last year. In comparison, about 8.7 percent of rentals were vacant.

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Rents have been rising steadily since 1995…

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… while prices appear to have returned from their bubble-induced high:

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About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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