A St. Louis Homeowner’s Net Worth is About 40x Greater Than Renters’

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

One of the best ways to build your family’s financial future is through homeownership. Recent data from the Federal Reserve indicates the Maybe it’s time to start thinking about buying a home, especially when they’re so affordable in the St. Louis market.

Every three years the Survey of Consumer Finances shows the breakdown of how owning a home helps build financial security. In the graph below, we see that the average net worth of homeowners continues to grow, while the net worth of renters tends to hold fairly steady and be significantly lower than that of homeowners. The gap between owning and renting just keeps getting wider over time, making homeownership more and more desirable for those who are ready.

Homeowner net worth 40x greater than renter
Increase Gap In Family Wealth

Owning a home is a great way to build family wealth.

For many families, homeownership serves as a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you’re contributing to your net worth by increasing the equity you have in your home (See chart below):

The impact of home equity is part of why Gallup reports that Americans picked real estate as the best long-term investment for the seventh year in a row. According to this year’s survey, 35% of Americans chose real estate over stocks, savings accounts, gold, and bonds.

Today, there are great opportunities available for those planning to buy a home. The housing market has made a full recovery, and all-time low interest rates are giving homebuyers a big boost in purchasing power. If you’re ready, buying a home this fall can set you up to increase your net worth and create a safety net for your family’s future.

Bottom Line

To learn how you can use your monthly housing cost to build your family’s net worth, reach out to a RE Source Agent who can guide you into and through the homebuying process no matter where in the process you are! It is never too early for a future homeowner to reach out.

Contact me, Sarah Compton, “The Inked Agent” of RE Source, LLC by using our chat feature. Whether you are years, months, or weeks from buying your home, I have the RE Sources to help you navigate the St. Louis housing market.