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    Study finds homeownership quickest way to build wealth

    Study Again Finds Homeownership to be a Better Way of Producing Wealth | Keeping Current Matters

    According to the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index homeownership is a better way to produce greater wealth, on average, than renting.  We find it to be true in the Fishers and Indianapolis area as well.

    The BH&J Index is a quarterly report that attempts to answer the question:

    Is it better to rent or buy a home in today’s housing market?

    The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major markets for comparison. The researchers use a “’horse race’ comparison between an individual that is buying a home and an individual that rents a similar quality home and reinvests all monies otherwise invested in homeownership.”

    Ken Johnson Ph.D., Real Estate Economist & Professor at Florida Atlantic University, and one of the index’s authors states:

    “The nation as a whole is in buy territory. Continued near record low mortgage rates, unsteady stock market performance, and rents (on average) now out pacing the cost of ownership (maintenance, taxes, insurance, etc.) all combine to favor owning and building wealth through home equity over renting and reinvesting in a portfolio of stocks and bonds.”

    Dallas, Denver and Houston currently remain deep in rent territory but, “there is some degree of good news from these markets for homeowners as the cost of renting is now increasing at a faster rate than the cost of homeownership — reducing the advantage of renting over buying.” 

    Bottom Line

    Buying a home makes sense financially. Rents are predicted to increase substantially in the next year, so lock in your housing cost with a mortgage payment now.  You can start your search for Fishers and Indianapolis area homes by looking for homes on our website SearchIndianapolisINHomes  The Evelo Team sells a home every 2.5 days.  How can we help you find your next home?  317-863-4663

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