Uncategorized April 20, 2015

Does Home Ownership Make Sense Financially?

Does Homeownership Make Financial Sense? | Keeping Current Matters

Most of us share a belief that there are some social advantages to home ownership. However, some people question the financial benefits of owning a home. When questioning the assumptions, we can take advantage of three recent studies to shed some light on the issue.

RealtyTrac recently released a report comparing home price appreciation to wage growth over the last two years. The study revealed that home price appreciation has outpaced wage growth in 76% of U.S. housing markets during that same time period. Put simply, that means our buying power is decreasing over time. But by how much? Here is a graph showing their findings:

Home Prices vs. Wages | Keeping Current Matters

This is a huge gap, a 16% deviation over 24 months in three-quarters of the U.S. housing markets. In a previous blog we discussed the importance of home value appreciation in determining the net wealth of most American families. Merrill Lynch just issued a report covering the issue. Their findings are shown here:

Average Home Equity | Keeping Current Matters

On average, putting the benefits of home value appreciation to work as early in your life as possible makes financial sense in today's market when looking at wealth building.

But, does it make sense to buy now?

The survey company Pulsenomics just issued their findings on the cost of owning versus the cost of renting. They compared historical averages to the cost you can expect to pay today.

Buying vs. Renting | Keeping Current Matters

While the cost of buying is far below historical averages, renting in today's market is another story. Are you a renter or first-time home buyer interested in knowing more about the value of home ownership as well as the possibilities open to you? Let's get together and talk!