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More Americans became homeowners in the summer months, fresh evidence of a housing market that’s finding some stability after several rocky years.

The national homeownership rate was 64.4% in the third quarter, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. That’s a half-percentage point higher than a year ago.

A look at the rate of homeownership since 2004.
A look at the rate of homeownership since 2004.

After touching an all-time high of 69.1% in 2004 as the housing bubble inflated, the homeownership rate bottomed out at 62.9% in 2016 as waves of Americans lost their homes or sold under duress. At the same time, many…