A drop in homeownership among the native-born population, coupled with a pickup in the pace of homeownership gains among those who immigrated to the U.S. have narrowed the homeownership gap between the two demographics during the last decade, according to Fannie Mae research.

Immigrants narrowed the homeownership gap at a faster rate during the 2000s than in the 1990s, "suggesting that the recent housing crisis may have had a lesser impact on homeownership advancement of immigrants relative to the native-born population," Fannie Mae's latest "Housing Insights" report notes. The research, released Aug. 25, explores how the recent housing crisis has affected the gap in homeownership rates between the native-born and immigrant segments of the U.S. population.

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