MAR president responds to Boston Globe column

MAR President Peter Ruffini’s letter to the editor ran in the Boston Globe today in response to a column last week from Paul McMorrow, “A housing shift Mass. must adopt.”

Ruffini called McMorrow’s comments a “hit and miss,” pointing to McMorrow’s assumption that young Americans no longer have the desire to become homeowners. While the shift away from homeownership among younger people is very real, Ruffini points out that it’s not because they don’t want to own a home, it’s because they can’t afford it.

“It’s true that renting makes sense for a segment of the population,” says Ruffini in his letter, “But it’s wrong to conclude that those 30- to 34-year-olds are demanding rental housing because it’s a lifestyle choice. Homeownership remains the American dream that most people aspire to.”

Ruffini argues for the construction of smaller single-family homes and condominiums in order to battle rising costs.

The full text of President Ruffini’s letter to the editor can be read here on the Boston Globe.