Why the preference for renting over holding a mortgage? Marcus Hiles explains that, in Texas and across the United States, people love the flexibility that the rental lifestyle affords. “We’re a mobile population,” he exclaims. “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.” Proving that homeowners do not have an edge when it comes to personal fulfillment, Hiles looks to research proving that renters come out on top. “People who rent actually spend more time engaging in leisure activities and interacting with their friends and neighbors,” Hiles says.