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One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home

One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home | MyKCM

One of the benefits of homeownership is that it is a “forced savings plan.” Here’s how it works: You make a mortgage payment each month. Part of that payment is applied to the principal balance of your mortgage. Each month you owe less on the home. The difference between the value of the home and what you owe is called equity.

If your home has appreciated since the time you purchased it, that increase in value also raises your equity. Over time, the equity in your home could be substantial. Recently, CoreLogic revealed that the average homeowner gained more than $65,000 in equity over the last 5 years.

Unlike last decade, homeowners are no longer foolishly tapping into that equity. In 2006-2008, many owners used their homes like an ATM by pulling equity out to purchase new cars, jet skis, or lavish vacations. They were pulling out cash (equity) from an appreciating asset, and then spending it on rapidly depreciating items. That is not happening anymore.

Over 50% of Homes Have at Least 50% Equity

One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home | MyKCM

The number of homeowners that currently have at least 50% equity in their home is astonishing. According to the Urban Institute, 37.1% of all homes in the country are mortgage-free. In a home equity studyATTOM Data Solutions revealed that of the 62.9% of homes with a mortgage, 25.6% have at least 50% equity. That number has been increasing over the last five years:By doing a little math, we can see that 53.2% of all homes in this country have at least 50% equity right now. Of all homes, 37.1% are mortgage-free and an additional 16.1% with a mortgage have at least 50% equity.

Bottom Line

Homeownership is different than renting. When you own, your housing expense (the mortgage payment) comes back to you in the form of equity in your home. That doesn’t happen with your rent payment. Your rent helps build your landlord’s equity instead.

Serge Santos
Serge Santos
Serge Santos, is a Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold Elite Team, based in Fairfield, California, 18-year veteran of the real estate industry and has represented clients all over Solano and Sacramento areas in all sorts of real estate transactions, selling more than 400 properties representing both sellers and buyers. Active in the community, Serge is a long-time resident of Solano County for almost 20 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the local real estate market. As a client, you will benefit from Serge's in-depth knowledge of the local housing market and his "people-first" approach to business. He looks forward to helping you achieve your real estate goals.

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