The Importance of owning your own home


“Although the average American household has saved roughly $175,000 in various types of savings accounts, only the top 10 percent to 20 percent of earners will likely have savings levels approaching or exceeding that amount with 29 percent of households have less than $1,000 in savings,” MagnifyMoney reports.  According to, the top 1% of households (as measured by income) have an average of $2,517,270 in these various saving accounts. The bottom 20% have an average of $8,790. with roughly 83% of savings are in located in retirement accounts like IRAs and workplace-sponsored retirement savings plans like 401(k)s.

IMG_8520According to, if you have a net worth of $194,226 when you hit 65 and expect to spend only 4% a year, that gives you $7,769 a year or less than $650 a month. Even with the average monthly Social Security benefit at $1341 (2016 data), that’s still less than $2,000 a month in retirement income. That’s the median. Half get more, half get less.  As you can see in the below exhibit, it is important to own your own home:

net worth

According to a recent survey by GObankrates, the 2018 Retirement Savings survey found that 42 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved. If they don’t boost their savings, they’ll likely retire broke because that’s not enough to cover a year’s worth of expenses. On average, adults 65 and older spend almost $46,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Included in that 42 percent with less than $10,000 saved is the 14 percent of respondents with absolutely nothing saved for retirement.

As a percentage of total net worth, here’s how home equity stacks up in each age group:

Net Worth as %

In the Real Estate Market?

KW1784102f20KW.jpgBeach NorthYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not? Let me save you money!!!  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Signature Realty Associates at 2234 Lithia Center Lane, Valrico, Florida).  

As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Orlando or as far south as Sarasota.  My email address is, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link.



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