Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was released two weeks ago.
The study revealed that the 2016 median net worth of homeowners was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013).
These numbers reveal that the net worth of a homeowner is over 44 times greater than that of a renter.
Owning a home is a great way to build family wealth
As we’ve said before, simply put, homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth by increasing the equity in your home.
That is why, for the fourth year in a row, Gallup reported that Americans picked real estate as the best long-term investment. This year’s results showed that 34% of Americans chose real estate, followed by stocks at 26% and then gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.
Greater equity in your home gives you options
If you want to find out how you can use the increased equity in your home to move to a home that better fits your current lifestyle, let’s get together to discuss the process.
Work with an Expert
If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Reynier Village or the Los Angeles area or just want advice on the state of the market, you should call someone who knows the area and LA market inside out, please contact me at 323-646-6569 or Laura@LauraAndersonRealtor.com. I live, shop, & work here alongside you. I sell real estate in the areas of our city I am most passionate about – Faircrest Heights, Reynier Village, Mid Wilshire, Mid City, Culver City, DTLA, Playa Del Rey, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Hancock Park, and Beverly Hills. At Keller Williams, I am one of the top ten agents in my office, receiving many production awards, and I am a member of the “Agent Leadership Council”, but that’s the behind the scenes stuff. What matters to you is that I am passionate about what I do, where I live, and that I understand the local real estate market. I want my clients to be happy, offer referrals, and do business with me again.