With inflation and rent prices now soaring, buying can be a smart way to inflation-proof your financial future. Use our Home Investment Calculator to see how.
Rent prices can change every year depending on your lease terms, typically rising 2-3% on average. For homeowners, a fixed-rate loan means having the same principal and interest payment every single month.
The charts below show how renting costs that often start low can catch up to mortgage payments over time.
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Rent prices increase an average 2.5% every year, while a fixed-rate mortgage payment (principal and interest) never changes.
While there are no guarantees, history shows that homes increase in value over time. Over the last 50 years, average annual home price appreciation is about 3%. At the same time, homeowners build additional equity every month by paying down a portion of their loan balance.
These calculations estimate your home equity amount based on the combined power of your regular payments plus that average annual appreciation.
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Renting builds equity for someone else. Homeownership can help you build wealth over time.
Rent costs and inflation are soaring. Realtor.com reports median rent prices are up 22% from just two years ago, with little relief on the horizon.
Historically, owning a home has served as a way to protect against rising inflation.
Here’s how it can help:
A fixed-rate mortgage helps Veterans take control of their monthly housing costs. VA buyers also have access to some of the lowest average rates on the market.
Home prices typically increase with inflation. Owning a home protects you from future rent hikes and helps you build equity for yourself. Homeowners can access their equity through home equity loans, home equity lines of credit (HELOC), or by selling their home.
The median home sale price has jumped 200% over the last 25 years, according to the Federal Reserve. Home equity levels are at all-time highs, and home remains a huge investment for most Americans.
To be sure, the right time to buy is when you’re ready. One way to think about readiness is to run some numbers – that’s where our Home Investment Calculator comes in. Run the numbers to see for yourself.
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