A thumbs-up to renting
What's better, renting or owning?
Three-quarters of Americans surveyed for a National Apartment Association poll say renting -- "in the current real estate market," at least. Reasons noted by respondents: no responsibility for maintenance, no exposure to the "unpredictable" housing market and "not being susceptible to foreclosure." (Renters can be affected by foreclosure, of course -- if their landlord loses the property they're renting -- but their credit report won't be.)
The survey, conducted by pollster Harris Interactive, is a shift from how people responded when asked in 2008, at a time of falling home sales and prices. Slightly fewer people thought renting was preferable that year.
Of course, Fannie Mae also has a poll. It says that 64 percent of Americans believe it's a good time to buy a house.
OK, it's probably no surprise that a poll commissioned by a trade group for apartment owners shows a proclivity toward renting, while a poll handled for a mortgage financier suggests lots o' housing-market love.
So here, weigh in on a poll just for you: