Not everyone is a candidate for home ownership. Some people will rent all of their lives. Perhaps those negatively responding to the survey done by Freddie Mac need more information. A rent vs. buy analysis may do it. The lowering of the down payments may inform more. A loosening of credit restrictions may help some. However ownership is more desirable to renting in my opinion.  Some people relocating need to rent in order to make the right buying decision and I believe this makes a lot of sense. After all purchasing real estate is one of the most important and costly purchases one makes in their lifetime and there is not a lot of room for mistakes. This is where a professional realtor comes in to help you with the process.