Even with the rising mortgage rates, inflation and the slowing housing market there are benefits to homeownership. The secret is how you gain equity and wealth due to home values rising over time.
“Home equity gains are built up through price appreciation and by paying off the mortgage through principal payments,” stated the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released data showing the gains over the last five years. Home prices grew around 64% on average across the country during that period.
Meaning, the home’s value can increase a lot during a short time period.
Think that is good? They also revealed that over a thirty-year span home prices went up over 290% (on average)! Even with the price increases coming in different by state and local areas, a homeowner who purchased a home thirty years ago saw their equity triple.
The cooling house market will still see home price appreciation in 2023. If you purchase a home, it will still grow in value over the next year. It will just grow over a slower pace than we have seen the last couple of years.
The cooling market should not detour you from owning a home. Rental prices have also been climbing and there are no benefits to throwing your money away to rent. Home buying is an investment that will set you up for long-term gains. Contact a local real estate agent to start your homeownership journey.