According to a survey done by Fannie Mae, homeownership is highly rated by consumers. In fact, they continue to see homes as a safe, high potential investment. The Fannie Mae Q4 2020 National Housing Survey reported that consumers believe it is just as safe to invest in a home as savings and money market accounts.
The survey found that consumers relayed that the top four financial benefits of homeownership were a better chance of saving for retirement, the best investment plan, the chance to be better off financially and the chance to build up wealth. Of these four benefits, 88% of consumers felt it gave a better chance of saving for retirement, 87% felt it was the best investment plan, 85% felt it gave them a chance to be better off financially and 85% believe homeownership presented them a chance to build up wealth.
Consumers’ opinions are right on the money so to speak. The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances revealed that owning a home is a “clear financial benefit.” In the survey, it was reported that those who owned a home vs renting had a forty times higher net worth. As the housing market grows stronger, the gap between renters’ and homeowners’ net worth grows farther apart. Corelogic reported that the equity in homeownership grew by $26,300 over the last year which widened this gap even further.
Keeping Current Matters released data showing the gap in the net worth in every income category between homeowners and renters. For a homeowner making under $26,000 their net worth is $103,000 but a renter’s net worth is only reported at 1,000, homeowner’s making $26,000 – $46,000 their net worth is $140,000 and a renter making the same income net worth is $6,000, homeowners making $46,000 – $74,000 have a net worth of $190,000 while renters only have $11,000, homeowners making $74,000 – $127,000 have a net worth of $261,000 and renters only $34,000, homeowners making $127,000 – $192,000 have a net worth of $433,000 while renters making the same income have a net worth of $117,000 and homeowners making over $192,000 have a net worth of $1.66M while renters only $705,000.
Homeownership is a solid financial investment opportunity but should you choose to purchase a home, the best thing to do is use a local real estate professional. A Realtor can help you take the next steps towards homeownership.