Unpacking the Long-Term Benefits of Homeownership

If you’re thinking about buying a home soon, higher mortgage rates, rising home prices, and ongoing affordability concerns may make you wonder if buying a home right now makes sense. While those market factors are important, there’s more to consider. It would be best if you thought about the long-term benefits of homeownership.

Think about this: if you know people who bought a home 5, 10, or even 30 years ago, you’ll probably have a hard time finding someone who regrets their decision. Why is that? The reason is tied to how home values grow with time and how, by extension, that grows your wealth. That may be why, in a recent Fannie Mae survey, 76% of respondents say buying a home is a safe investment.

Here’s a look at how just the home price appreciation piece can add up over the years.

Home Price Growth over Time

The map below uses data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to show how noteworthy price gains have been over the last five years. And, since home prices vary by area, the map is broken out regionally to help convey larger market trends:

Percent Change in Home Prices - Over 5 Years, Q2 2023 - Unpacking the Long-Term Benefits of Homeownership - KM Realty Group LLC, Chicago

If you look at the percent change in home prices, you can see home prices grew on average by just over 57% nationwide over a five-year period.

Some regions are slightly above or below that average, but overall, home prices gained solid ground in a short time. And if you expand that time frame even more, the benefit of homeownership and the drastic gains homeowners made over the years become even clearer (see map below):

Percent Changes in Home Prices - Since Q1 1991, Q2 2023 - Unpacking the Long-Term Benefits of Homeownership - KM Realty Group LLC, Chicago

The second map shows, nationwide, home prices appreciated by an average of over 297% over a roughly 30-year span.

This nationwide average tells you the typical homeowner who bought a house 30 years ago saw their home almost triple in value over that time. That’s a key factor in why so many homeowners who bought their homes years ago are still happy with their decision.

And while you may have heard talk throughout the year that home prices would crash, it hasn’t happened. In fact, experts project home prices will continue to rise for years to come. 

Bottom Line

If you’re wondering if it still makes sense to buy a home today, it’s important to focus on the greatest long-term benefits of homeownership. When you’re ready to start your homebuying journey, let’s chat with real estate professionals at KM Realty Group LLC, Chicago.