Home Ownership and Net Worth

Posted by Juanita Limes on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 10:40am.    1555 Views

Home Ownership Boosts Net Worth

house value, home worth, homeownership net worth, house value net worthReal estate, it's tangible, an asset, a possession with intrinsic and fundamental value. Studies have shown home owners enjoy a much greater net worth over renters on average.

There are numerous benefits to owning your own home, and according the the Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances, on of the greatest benefits is, of course, financial.

Looking back over the last 15 years, and a time frame that also includes the housing and real estate crisis of 2008-2009, the net worth of a typical homeowner fell between 31 and 46 times greater than that of a typical renter.

The median home homeowner in this time period enjoyed nearly $200,000 in net worth while the median renter realized just over $5,000. 

A homeowners' net worth and wealth is primarily built from building up equity in their home. Equity is simply the value of mortgaged real estate less the amount owed and accumulated through paying the principal. Buying under fair market value (yes, you can get a discount, but long gone for now are the deep discounts of years past) a greater down payment and also making extra principal payments monthly or annually can also build equity faster. In addition to building equity faster, making a 20 extra principal payment monthly or about one extra mortgage payment per year can literally cut the life of a 30 year loan in half, saving you thousands. 

Though homeowner equity is closely tied to house values and real estate market fluctuation, homeowners’ net worth still dwarfed that of renters even following the housing crash, when home prices plummeted. In fact, homeowner net worth was 34 times greater than that of  typical renter’s in 2010, despite the housing market’s struggles.

Source: “Net Worth of Home Owners vs. Renters,” National Association of REALTORS® Economists’ Outlook Blog (Sept. 8, 2014)




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1 Response to "Home Ownership and Net Worth"

Greg Hancock wrote: Hi Juanita, thanks for pointing this out for potential buyers. It's almost a deterrent when you think of the time spent working on credit, the extra expenses of buying a home, I think people forget or don't realize the return on their personal net worth with a wisely executed home purchase. Cheers!

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 5:56pm.

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