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Home Ownership Still The American Dream
Homeownership remains the number one accomplishment of achieving the American dream, according to the 2017 Hearth State of the American Dream Report.
The consumers surveyed said the most important elements of the American dream are:
#1. Owning a home I love (19%)
#2. Affording rent and living expenses without hardship (15%)
#3. Starting a family (14%)
#4. Finding a fulfilling career (14%)
#6. Building retirement savings (9%)
#7. Being able to afford luxuries (7%)
#8. Owning a car (5%)
#9. Earning more than my parents (social mobility) (3%)
#10. Owning a pet (2%)
However, Americans fear that portions of their American dream may be slipping away, according to the survey conducted by Hearth, a “fintech” startup that helps homeowners make financial decisions during renovations. Fewer than one in five Americans surveyed say they are fulfilling their American dream. Eighteen percent said they are fully living the American dream, while 36 percent say they are living only parts of it and 28 percent say it’s within reach.
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