The article highlights the risks at both the individual and national level of the home ownership cult, especially in the US and the UK.
These days, home ownership favors the wealthy and inherited wealth. The article cites latest research in the US that home ownership impacts mobility and aggravates unemployment. The financial crisis started in the US in 2008, and was triggered by sub-prime mortgages supporting home loans to the less advantaged. Now, once again, the big US banks are booming, and both the US and the UK governments are propping up the housing market.
Surely, the UK Government should be subsidizing language training rather than mortgage finance, and encouraging more people to go overseas to the likes of Germany where jobs are more plentiful?
- Lunch with the FT: Ron Perelman – FT.com (dpbeeson.wordpress.com)
- UK ‘on the mend’ but with ‘long way to go’ – FT.com (dralfoldman.com)
- How Home Ownership Causes Unemployment (cnbc.com)
- RBS told to meet US fine from bonuses – FT.com (dralfoldman.com)
- We need more new homes – but not more home ownership (guardian.co.uk)
- Is Home Ownership better then Renting? (betterlivingbychelseak.wordpress.com)
- Dr Alf’s Two Cents: Britain ought to be thankful for its political class – FT.com (dralfoldman.com)