NY Times Poll Echoes Findings from the National Association of Homebuilding Findings on Homeownership

Posted By on July 19, 2011

National Association of Home Builders

July 18, 2011

A recently published New York Times poll provides ample confirmation of the findings of an earlier NAHB-commissioned survey that showed housing and homeownership remain central priorities for the U.S. voting public. Among other things, the paper found that 89% of respondents said that homeownership is an important part of the American dream. Meanwhile, regarding the mortgage interest deduction (MID), the Times reported that “almost no one favors discontinuing the mortgage tax deduction, a prized middle-class benefit that has been featured on some budget-cutting proposals.” Other findings of the Times poll indicate that 93% of people believe it is very important (63%) or somewhat important (30%) for the federal government to keep the MID in place. These are striking results when you note that more than half of the 979 respondents had no mortgage because they were either renters (29%) or owned their home free and clear of a mortgage (26%). The latest poll is also consistent with the proposition that once economic conditions improve, particularly in the labor market, pent-up housing demand will be unlocked for both rental and owner-occupied housing. For example, 85% of renters in the Times poll hoped to achieve homeownership one day. And 10% of home owners have delayed selling their home and moving during the last three years due to housing market conditions. NAHB estimates that 2.1 million households have been deferred or delayed as a result of the Great Recession. For details on the Times poll, please visit this page; for details on NAHB’s poll, contact Blake Smith (800-368-5242, x8583).

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!