Moving Up to a Rental

Former homeowners forced out of their houses are becoming renters. It seems to be a good thing for them -- and the economy.
December 11, 2009, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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In Palmdale, California, former homeowners have been able to find homes for rent that are not only cheaper than their former homes, but also better.

"People's increasing willingness to abandon their own piece of America illustrates a paradoxical change wrought by the housing bust: Even as it tarnishes the near-sacred image of home ownership, it might be clearing the way for an economic recovery.

Thanks to a rare confluence of factors -- mortgages that far exceed home values and bargain-basement rents -- a growing number of families are concluding that the new American dream home is a rental."

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Published on Thursday, December 10, 2009 in The Wall Street Journal
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