Do you want a really good reason to own a home in Albuquerque? Besides being a fantastic location to live, when you own your home, it’s what can be called a “forced savings plan.” When you make your mortgage payment, part of it is applied to the principle balance. Each month, you owe less on the home. The difference between the value of the home and what you owe is called equity.
If your home’s value has increased since you bought it, then your equity increases. On average, home owners gained more than $65,000 in equity over the last 5 years. That’s a lot of money!
When you compare spending habits to 10 years ago, we find that homeowners also are no longer tapping into that equity to buy expensive items. They were pulling out cash (equity) from an appreciating asset, and then spending it on rapidly depreciating items. That is not the case today.
The number of homeowners that currently have at least 50% equity in their home is astonishing. According to the Urban Institute, 37.1% of all homes in the country are mortgage-free. In a home equity study, ATTOM Data Solutions revealed that of the 62.9% of homes with a mortgage, 25.6% have at least 50% equity. That number has been increasing over the last five years.
By doing a little math, we can see that 53.2% of all homes in this country have at least 50% equity right now. Of all homes, 37.1% are mortgage-free and an additional 16.1% with a mortgage have at least 50% equity.
As we can see, owning a home in Albuquerque is far different from renting. Owning a home means that your mortgage payment comes back to you in the form of equity in your home. That doesn’t happen with your rent payment. Your rent helps build your landlord’s equity instead.