House price appreciation may not be what it used to be, but most participants in the National Association of Realtors' (NAR) annual profile of buyers and sellers still believe home ownership is a sound investment.

Of the folks who purchased homes during the 12-month period ended in June, 85% said owning is a good financial investment. And of those, 47% said ownership was a better investment than owning stock, according to the survey, which was released at NAR's annual convention in New Orleans.

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