Homeownership is Still at the Heart of the American Dream
Buying a home is a powerful decision, and it remains at the heart of the American Dream. Unlike renting, owning a home provides more than just a place to live; it also provides a sense of belonging, stability, and freedom. According to Nicole Bachaud, Senior Economist at Zillow:
“The American Dream is still owning a home. There’s a lot of pent-up demand for ownership; that isn’t going to go away.”
Let’s explore just a few of the reasons why so many Americans continue to value homeownership.
The Financial Benefits of Owning a Home
One possible reason for the high regard for homeownership is that owning a home is a significant wealth-building tool. That may be why Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief and VP of Research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), says:
“Homeownership is the number one way to build wealth in America.”
“Overall, homeownership promotes wealth building by acting as a forced savings mechanism and through home value appreciation. Homeowners make monthly payments that increase their equity in their homes by paying down the principal balance of their mortgage. . . . In addition, owning a home promotes intergenerational homeownership and wealth building. Children of homeowners transition to homeownership earlier — lengthening the period over which they can accumulate wealth . . .”
When compared to renting, it can also provide significant financial stability. When you purchase a home with a fixed-rate mortgage, you can lock in your monthly housing payments for the life of the loan.
The Non-Financial Benefits of Homeownership
However, owning a home provides more than just financial benefits; it also provides social and emotional benefits. Your home instills feelings of accomplishment, responsibility, and more. In a recent survey, Fannie Mae outlines just a few of these more emotionally-driven benefits, including:
“The top three were having control over what you do with your living space (94%) to having a sense of privacy and security (91%) and having a good place for your family or to raise your children (90%) . . .”
What Does That Mean for You?
If your version of the American Dream includes more freedom, security, and prosperity, homeownership could be a key component in making that dream a reality. And with mortgage rates now on a downward trend, it might be a good time for you to consider making a move.
If you are ready and able to buy, know that there are fantastic rewards at the end of your journey. You will get more than just a house; you will get a place to build your wealth and call your own. Like Ksenia Potapov, Economist at First American says:
“...homeownership remains an important driver of wealth accumulation and the largest source of total wealth among most households.”
Buying a home is a powerful decision and the cornerstone of the American Dream. If finding a place to call home is part of your dream for this year, let’s connect to start the process today.