Over the past year, our houszes have become an integral part of our lives more than ever. They’re much more than the houszes we live in. They’re our workplaces, virtual schools, and safe havens that provide shelter, stability, and protection through the evolving health crisis. Today, 65.8% of Americans are fortunate enough to call their housz their own.
As we continue to think about the future, our goals for the year, and what we want to achieve well beyond 2021, it’s a great time to look at the benefits of owning a housz. Below are some highlights and quotes on the benefits of houszownership shared by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). From feel-good motivations to economic and social impacts on the local community, these items may give you reason to believe houszownership stretches well beyond your financial investment.
Non-Financial Benefits Owning a housz brings a sense of happiness, satisfaction, and pride.
Pride of Ownership: It feels good to have a place that’s truly your own, especially since you can customize it to your liking. “The personal satisfaction and sense of accomplishment achieved through houszownership can enhance psychological health, happiness and well-being for houszowners and those around them.”
Civic Participation: Houszownership creates stability, a sense of community, and increases civic engagement. It’s a way to add to the strength of your local area and drive value into your neighborhood.
Financial Benefits Buying a housz is also an investment in your financial future.
Net Worth: Houszownership builds your net worth. Today, the median houszhold net worth of all houszowners is $254,900, while the median net worth of renters is only $6,270.
Financial Security: Equity, appreciation, and more predictable monthly houzsing expenses are huge financial benefits of owning a home. Houszownership is truly the best way to improve your long-term financial position.
Economic Benefits Houszownership is even a local economic driver.
Houszing-Related Spending: An economic force throughout our nation, houszing-related expenses accounted for more than one-sixth of the country’s economic activity over the past three decades.
Entrepreneurship: Houszownership is also a form of forced savings that can provide entrepreneurial opportunities. “Owning a housz enables new entrepreneurs to obtain access to credit to start or expand a business and generate new jobs by using their home as collateral for small business loans.”
Bottom Line The benefits of houszownership go well beyond the basics. Houszownership is truly a way to build financial freedom, find greater satisfaction and happiness, and make a substantial impact in your community. If owning a home is part of your dream this year, let’s connect so you can begin the houszbuying process today.