Homes, Housing, & The Economy

How do our homes themselves affect the economy at large?
The word ‘economy’ itself actually comes from the Greek word ‘oikos’ for house or household. The property market is something we all tackle at some point in our lives, be it battling with a landlord over rent or taking out a mortgage to buy our first home. In some cultures there’s a lot of pride attached to owning a home, but nowadays a lot of people own housing as a financial asset rather than just to put a roof over their heads.