by Carla Hill

Home ownership has been part of the American Dream for centuries, and it’s no wonder why. It rocks.

First, owning a home is an investment. No, it’s not a sure-fire way to get rich-quick. It is a long-term investment. Over the course of many years, even through times of economic upheaval, you can build wealth over time.

An average appreciation rate during normal times is around 6.5 percent a year. That means if you buy a home for $100,000, in just ten years you will have a home that could feasibly sell for around $174,000.

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