Things You Should Know…

• Equity—the value of a property after all debts have been paid—is an important component of wealth building because it can be a safety net for emergencies or hard times. It also can be used to launch a business or pay for college tuition, both of which have the potential to create future earnings.

• Teenage students raised by home-owning parents are less likely to drop out of school than teens raised by renters, according to the “Journal of Urban Economics.”

• Homeowners are less likely to be crime victims than renters because neighborhoods where owners have a stake in the community are more stable, according to “Social Forces.”

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