Every year, families, couples, and individuals across U.S. make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. Looking at their earnings and savings to then decide what makes the most financial sense. That equation will most likely take into consideration factors such as monthly housing costs, tax advantages, and other incremental expenses. Using these measurements, recent studies show that it’s still more affordable to own than rent!

There is, however, another financial advantage to owning a home that’s often forgotten in the analysis – the WEALTH BUILT through equity as a primary advantage of owning a home.

“Once you include the equity benefit of price appreciation, owning made more financial sense than renting in 48/50 top markets (with the only exceptions being San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.)”

What has this equity piece meant to homeowners in the past?

ATTOM Data Solutions, the curator of one of the nation’s premier property databases, just analyzed the typical home-price gain owners nationwide enjoyed when they sold their homes. Here’s a breakdown of their findings:

Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist for First American, discusses this point in a recent blog post. She explains:

“Once you include the equity benefit of price appreciation, owning made more financial sense than renting in 48 out of the 50 top markets, with the only exceptions being San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.”

What has this equity piece meant to homeowners in the past?

ATTOM Data Solutions, the curator of one of the nation’s premier property databases, just analyzed the typical home-price gain owners nationwide enjoyed when they sold their homes. Here’s a breakdown of their findings:

The typical gain in the sale of the home (equity) has increased significantly over the last five years (up from $53,700 in 2019 and $48,500 two years ago). "Both raw profits and ROI have improved nationwide for nine straight years. And last year’s gain in ROI – up more than five percentage points – marked the largest annual increase since 2017", according to that ATTOM report.

CoreLogic, another property data curator, also weighed in on the subject. According to their latest Homeowner Equity Insights Report, the average homeowner gained $17,000 in equity in just the last year alone.

What does the future look like for homeowners when it comes to equity?

Here are the seven major home price appreciation forecasts for 2021:

 

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just reported that today, the median-priced home in the country sells for $309,800. If homes appreciate by 5% this year (the average of the forecasts), the homeowner will increase their wealth by $15,490 in 2021 through increased equity.

 

Bottom Line

As you make your plans for the coming year, be sure to consider the equity benefits of home price appreciation as you weigh the financial advantages of buying over renting.

When you do, you may find this is the perfect time to jump into homeownership.