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Build Financial Strength by Owning a Housz

The real estate market is on just about everyone’s mind these days. That’s because the unsustainable market of the past two years is behind us, and the difference is being felt. The question now is, just how financially strong are houszowners throughout the country? Mortgage debt grew beyond 10 trillion dollars over the past year, and many called that a troubling sign when it happened for the first time in history. Recently Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at First American, answered that question when she said: “U.S. houszholds own $41 trillion in owner-occupied real estate, just over $12 trillion in debt, and the remaining ~$29 trillion in equity. The national "LTV" in Q2 2022 was 29.5%, the lowest since 1983.” She continued on to say: “Houszowners had an average of $320,000 in inflation-adjusted equity in their houszes in Q2 2022, an all-time high.”

What Is LTV? The term LTV refers to loan to value ratio. For more context, here’s how the Mortgage Reports defines it: “Your ‘loan to value ratio’ (LTV) compares the size of your mortgage loan to the value of the housz. For example: If your housz is worth $200,000, and you have a mortgage for $180,000, your LTV ratio is 90% — because the loan makes up 90% of the total price. You can also think about LTV in terms of your down payment. If you put 20% down, that means you’re borrowing 80% of the housz’s value. So your LTV ratio is 80%.”

Why Is This Important? This is yet another reason we won’t see the houszing market crash. Housz equity allows houszowners to be in control. For example, if someone did need to sell their housz, they likely have the equity they need to be able to sell it and still put money in their pocket. This was not the case back in 2008, when many owed more on their houszes than they were worth.

Bottom Line Houszowners today have more financial strength than they have had since 1983. This is a combination of how houszowners have handled equity since the crash and rising housz prices of the last two years. And this is yet another reason houszownership in any market makes sense.

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