Homeownership refers to owning a house. Homeownership is considered as one of the biggest investments of a person’s life. For previous generations, homeownership was a matter of pride. But the new generation has different opinion about homeownership.

What is Homeownership? Is homeownership important? Is Homeownership a matter of pride for young generation?

Buying a house is a tough task. It is a long process starting from doing research for a property to finally registering the property.

Homeownership is considered not only as owning a house but as a long-term investment, a security that could help an individual to lead a stable and peaceful life.

Generation Z (also known as iGen or centennials) is the post-millennial generation born between 1997 and 2012. This generation grew up with the internet and social media, with some of the oldest graduating from college and joining the job by 2020.

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Benefits of Homeownership

  • Builds wealth

The average net worth of homeowners is 80 times larger than that of renters, according to the Census Bureau. Some of this is because individuals in better financial situations are more inclined to purchase a property. However, having a property may help you significantly increase your net worth. In fact, according to the Census Bureau, home equity and retirement funds account for more than 60% of most households' net wealth.

For two reasons, owning a home increases your wealth. You build equity in your house as you make mortgage payments, and your home is an asset. When you pay it off over time, you eventually own it outright. That implies you will wind up with an asset worth hundreds of thousands of rupees. Renters, on the other hand, never own anything, so they merely pay their rent.

  • Control

You're constantly at risk of your lease not being renewed at the conclusion of your loan term if your landlord owns your house. If you chose to stay, your landlord may sell the property or convert your flats into condominiums or co-ops, which you would have to buy if you wanted to stay. Alternatively, your landlord may face foreclosure and lose the property. You may be compelled to relocate when you don't want to in any of these instances.

It's significantly less probable that you'll be forced to leave your house if you own it. While that is a possibility if you are unable to make payments, you may take efforts to avoid it, such as setting aside an emergency fund to cover your mortgage in the event of a job loss.

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  • Your monthly housing payments should remain consistent

There are few or no constraints on how much your landlord may raise your rent in many regions of the country. And because rent hikes are normal over time, your housing expenditures may continue to rise from year to year.

You shouldn't have to worry about this if you have homeownership of your house and have a fixed-rate mortgage. Because your payments are fixed for the duration of your loan, your housing costs should not rise.

  • You can personalise your property

You may do whatever you want with your property as a homeowner (if you don't break any zoning restrictions or homeowner’s association guidelines). That means you may personalise your home to meet your specific requirements. Landlords usually prohibit you from doing so, and even if they don't, it wouldn't make sense to spend a lot of money upgrading property you don't own.

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Yes, homeownership has become a matter of pride for Gen Z.

  • Generation Z is just concerned with homeownership of space and is indifferent with comforts. They'll give up practically everything else, including access to parks or a yard, as well as a shorter commute.
  • They are willing to buy a fixer-upper: this is likely one of the primary reasons why so many of these young adults are purchasing homes. According to the report, Generation Z is more likely to invest in fixer-uppers that sell for a lower price. According to the report, over half of all Generation Z house purchasers put down less than $10,000.
  • They saved for fewer than five years before purchasing their homes: 93 percent of homeowners said they saved for less than five years to fund their down payments. One probable explanation for this unusual rate is that this generation prefers less expensive housing than millennials. This allows them to save more easily for the reduced down payments needed. They also receive a lot of assistance from their parents with these down payments.
  • They buy houses while having student loan debt: student loan debt appears to be an inter-generational issue. It was cited by the Gen Z and millennial generations as a major impediment to their home-buying ambitions. Generation Z, on the other hand, is more willing to shoulder both responsibilities at the same time.
  • Most people desire to be a homeowner, according to the poll. The issue is that there are several roadblocks such as Heavy loans, credit card debt, and large down payments. Most members of these generations are stuck in the rental market for much longer than they would prefer because of these barriers.

After the impact of Covid-19, it has become more important for Gen Z to have a homeownership. Covid-19 has impacted lives of people all over the world. It has built a sense of balance and maturity among Gen Z.

Gen Z is unexpectedly positive about their chances of achieving their dream of homeownership. Within the next 10 years, 77 percent of Gen Z renters believe homeownership will be possible. While lower than the percentage of millennial renters who believe homeownership is essential, their opinions on attainability are in line with most millennial renters.

Homeownership is still important to Gen Z, but with increased uncertainty.

Much has been said about how Gen Z is upending workplace standards, but when it comes to housing, Gen Z's ideals aren't as far apart as prior generations. 87 percent of Gen Z renters believe it is at least somewhat essential for them to one day purchase a house, which is roughly comparable to the millennial number of 88 percent. When we split down Gen Z's replies into more granular categories, we find that they are a little more hesitant about homeownership. Only 26% of millennials consider house ownership to be "very essential," compared to 35% of younger millennials and 34% of older millennials.

However, the more detailed analyses suggest that Gen Z is less confidence than their millennial counterparts in this area as well. Only 13% of Gen Z thinks homeownership would be "very achievable" in the next ten years, compared to 21% of millennials. It's also worth noting that the percentage of people who believe homeownership is at least somewhat possible (77%) is much higher than the actual homeownership rate (65%), showing that some of our respondents are too enthusiastic about their future housing prospects.

Whether you are a member of Gen Z or a different generation, it is never too early to begin saving for your own house.

If you're not sure where to begin or how much money you'll need to save to achieve your goal of purchasing a homeownership, connect with a local real estate agent or a friend who can guide you through the process.

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