America Saves Promotes Home Ownership

Why does America Saves promote home ownership?

For decades, home ownership has been the main path to wealth for most Americans. Today, home equity - the market value of a home minus the balance on any home loans - represents more than four-fifths of the typical family's wealth. So, each home loan payment not only helps pay down the principal and interest on your home, but also builds your wealth.

How does home ownership increase homeowner wealth?

First, simply by paying off your home loan, you are building wealth. And, you are doing this each month in a regular and disciplined way. Second, it is likely though not certain, that the market value of your house will increase over time. Nationally for several decades, housing prices increased, on average, four percent annually,although the recent recession reminded us that  they can go down as well as up.

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