Home ownership has consistently improved people's wealth over time. Yes; we have had some downturns.  the last being 2008. But over time home ownership has proved to be a consistent source of wealth.  I get a lot of inquiries from people who are just window shopping. They can't make that move to home ownership. It's hard to understand; why someone would rather pay rent and pay off someone else's mortgage.  At a minimum , home ownership will increase in value at the rate of inflation. But if someone  buys a property in a good location below market value and improves the property, the value will increase much more. Visit my web site at www.naplesrealtyguide.com  search the Multiple listing service direct. Find that hot new listing before other buyers do.