Why the growing trend of renting over owning? Marcus Hiles indicates that, in Texas and around the nation, people prefer the flexibility that accompanies the rental lifestyle. “We’re a mobile population,” he explains. “The idea of settling in one place for a decade – or for the length of a 30-year mortgage – doesn’t hold the same appeal as it did a generation or two ago.” Moving beyond the myth that homeowners have an advantage when it comes to personal fulfillment, Hiles points to research demonstrating that renters come out ahead. “People who rent actually spend more time engaging in leisure activities and interacting with their friends and neighbors,” he states.