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Homeownership still vital to build wealth

Homeownership remains a major component to financial security and continues to be the largest asset of the majority of households in the U.S. Primary residences account for a quarter of all household wealth, according to data from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System’s Survey of Consumer Finances.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, households in the U.S. saw a record $14.4 trillion of equity in their homes. However, the homeownership rate in recent years has slipped below its 25-year average. In the fourth quarter, it was at 64.2 percent compared to its historical average of 66.3 percent.

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