Homeownership’s Amazing Benefits

Homeownership brings with it a host of amazing benefits. It’s the American Dream for good reason. From health to wealth, it stands out as a great long-term investment, and that’s why 67 percent of American households are owner-occupied.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) knows a little something about how homeownership affects American lives. And that’s why they are getting the word out about why you should be a homeowner. According to NAR:

  • Homeowners are happier and healthier and enjoy a greater feeling of control over their lives.
  • Homeowners pay 80% to 90% of federal income taxes, contributing to federal programs that benefit all Americans.
  • Most homeowners enjoy stable housing costs—a fixed rate mortgage payment might not change for 15 or 30 years while rent typically increases 3% a year.
  • Children of homeowners … are more likely to participate in organized activities and spend less time in front of the television.
  • People who own their own homes … volunteer more and contribute more to their neighborhoods.
  • Home owners do not move as frequently as renters, providing more neighborhood stability. In turn, this stability helps reduce crime and supports neighborhood upkeep. Children of home owners do better in school, stay in school longer …

Many economists have been touting a jobs recovery as the key to the housing recovery, but perhaps it is the other way around.

Recent indicates that housing makes up more than 15 percent of our Gross Domestic, and for every home purchased, up to $60,000 is pushed into the economy over time in improvements and furniture.

Additionally, each home sale touches 80 different occupations!

According to the NAR, “America needs jobs. Housing creates jobs. That’s one of the many reasons home ownership matters to people, to communities, to America. Strong federal government support of home ownership equals strong support for American jobs. We urge the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress—as they debate the new federal budget and reform proposals for the nation’s mortgage finance system—to continue federal support for home ownership.”

Courtesy of Carla L. Davis Hill   Realty Times, Managing Editor/Producer

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm
Rob and Sandy Racz | Category: Real Estate Issues

2 responses to “Homeownership’s Amazing Benefits”

  1. Thanks for this post. Most agents and sites concentrate on the current state of the market and the actual value of home ownership is often overlooked. I’d like to add is that another perk to home ownership is being able to utilize the FHA 203k loan to renovate and truly customize a home. This loan can be used for flooring,new appliances,new kitchen, new bathrooms,a new roof,an addition, completing the basement and much more!! Anything but landscaping can be included into the FHA 203k loan. I’d really like to incorporate the information in this article into a blog on our website. Thank you so much for providing this information. We are trying to develop a comprehensive list of articles in the Home Buyer Learning Center on our site and a link to this article will be a great addition.

  2. I liked your post so much that I featured in on a blog entitled Come On,Just Do It….It’s the Smart Thing to Do on our website. I hope you think I did it justice!

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