WHY HOME OWNERSHIP MATTERS12/9/2011
From the National Association of Realtors
Home owners are happier and healthier and enjoy a greater feeling of control over their lives.
Owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. Historically, a home owners net worth has ranges from 31 to 46 times that of a renter.
Home owners are free to redecorate, renovate, and modify their homes as they wish.
Most home owners enjoy stable housing costs -a fi xed-rate mortgage payment might not change for 15 to 30 years while rent typically increases 3% a year.
Home owners can typically deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on their federal individual income tax return.
People who own homes vote more, volunteer more and contribute 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, are more likely to participate in organized activities and spend less time in front of the television.
67% of American households are owner-occupied. America is a nation of home owners.
Home owners pay 80 to 90% of federal individual income taxes, contributing to federal programs that benefi t all Americans.
Every home purchased pumps $60,000 into the economy for furniture, home improvements and related items.
Housing accounts for more than 15% of the national Gross Domestic Product, a key driver of our national economy.
For these reasons and more, home ownership is the American Dream!
So spread the word: Home Ownership Matters!