Oh, sweet, sweet vindication. I'll take it any way it comes.
During the housing boom, I would often shake my head and wonder aloud how home prices could continue to grow, or why it was that they were taking any kid off the street, slapping him in a suit and calling him a mortgage broker. The orgy of greed and building just didn't seem sustainable. It was painfully obvious common sense: If every house in California sells for half a million and up, where are the millions of non-movie stars going to live?
For this, I was often called a bitter renter.
"The average homeowner, however, consistently derives more pain (but no more joy) from their house and home," writes Grace Wong Bucchianeri, an assistant professor at Wharton. The report also says that homeowners, on average, spend less leisure time than those who don't own homes.
Oh, and here's the knife twist: According to this report, the average homeowner is about 12 pounds heavier than those who rent.
Bucchianeri says the report isn't intended to be a warning against home ownership, but rather to start a conversation about the often unquestioned idea that home ownership is for everyone. Clearly, as this housing bust has shown, it isn't. You can see the whole report (PDF) here.