People always debate the pros and cons of owning a home. While there may be many aspects to consider, we have found a new statistic that is very important to know.
Homeownership presents a great pathway to build wealth. Among all families, the ownership of a primary residence typically accounts for 90% of total wealth, based on the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finance data. Among those in the bottom 20% of the income percentile, it’s even more: The median value of holdings for a primary residence accounts for 99% of total family assets. For top earners, however – the top 10% income bracket – it’s 42%.
Housing wealth accumulation takes time. It’s built up slowly by paying off mortgage debt and through price appreciation. And while home prices can fall, prices tend to recover and go up over the long term. As of September 2020, the median sales price of existing home sales was $311,800 – a 35% gain since July 2006 when prices peaked at $230,000.
Florida is also becoming more and more popular to homebuyers. About 1,000 people move to Florida everyday because of the appealing aspects when purchasing a home. Florida residents pay no state income or estate tax, and receive a homestead exemption of up to $50,000 on a primary residence and a 3 percent annual cap on home assessments. The state’s population has grown by about 343,000 in the last year, to about 22 million residents.
Homeowners who spend a lifetime working, raising families and paying mortgages have a greater net worth later in life. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
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