Homeownership Rate Continues to Decline

National vacancy rates in first quarter 2016 stood at 7 percent for rental housing and 1.7 percent for homeowner housing, the Dept. of Commerce’s Census Bureau announced last week. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the rate in first quarter 2015 and 0.2 percentage points lower than the rate in fourth quarter 2015.

The homeownership rate of 63.5 percent was 0.2 percentage points lower than the first quarter rate of 63.7 percent and 0.3 percentage points lower than the fourth quarter 2015 rate of 63.8 percent.