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Homeownership: The Heart of the American Dream

Monday, July 8, 2024   /   by Chris Irwin

Homeownership: The Heart of the American Dream




Everyone’s vision for the future is personal and unique. But for many, common goals include success, freedom, and prosperity — values closely tied to having your own home and the iconic feeling of achieving the American Dream.


A recent survey by Bankrate reveals exactly that: homeownership is still a part of the American Dream. The results show, at 78%, that owning a home tops the list, surpassing other significant milestones such as retirement, having a successful career, and more (see below):No Caption Received



So, why is buying a home important to so many today? One reason is the financial and physical security it provides. Many people see homeownership as a way to reduce stress because owning a home with a fixed-rate mortgage stabilizes what is likely their largest monthly expense.


Another factor is the potential for building wealth. That’s because, over time, homeowners gain equity as they pay down their mortgage and as home prices appreciate, leading to longer-term financial stability.


But what about the responsibilities that come with owning and maintaining a home? According to a survey by Entrata, only 23% of renters feel homeownership is too much work, indicating the majority are open to the commitments and obligations that come with being a homeowner.


What Does This Mean for You?


While buying a home today might seem daunting due to higher mortgage rates and rising home prices, the long-term benefits can make it worthwhile. If you’re considering homeownership, remember that it's more than just a financial investment — it's a step toward securing your future.


Bottom Line


Owning a home is a significant and powerful decision that represents a big part of the American Dream. If you’re ready to take this step, let’s connect so you have someone who can guide you through the process and help you make your homeownership goals a reality.

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1200 F St, Modesto
Modesto, CA 95354
209-988-7778
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