Friday, February 27, 2009

Homeownership vs Renting in 2009

The Center for Economic and policy research has a report out regarding the change in wealth over the last 5 yrs broken down between renters and homeowners. The charts are interesting, take note that the scales change on the left hand side when comparing some charts between ownership and renters over the left hand side. Here is a quote from the executive summary:

These calculations imply that, as a result of the collapse of the housing bubble, millions of middle class homeowners still have little or no equity even after they have been homeowners for several decades. These households will be in the same situation as first-time homebuyers, forced to struggle to find the money needed to put up a down payment for a new home. This will make it especially difficult for many baby boomers to leave their current homes and buy housing that might be more suitable for their retirement.
Finally, the projections show that for both age groups, the renters within each wealth quintile in 2004 will have more wealth in 2009 than homeowners in all three scenarios. In the second and third scenarios, renters will have dramatically more wealth in 2009 than homeowners who started in the same wealth quintile. Homeownership is not everywhere and always an effective way to accumulate wealth. For those who owned a home in the last few years, the collapse of the housing bubble led to the destruction of much or all of their wealth.

1 comment:

Noz said...

Sounds good to me!