Even with several years of price declines, the typical seller who purchased a home eight years ago experienced a median equity gain of $33,000 (a 24 percent increase), while sellers who were in their homes for 11-15 years saw a median gain of 40 percent.  According to the National Association of Real Estate’s latest survey of home buyers, and sellers. 

“Eighty-five percent of recent home buyers weee their homea s a good investment, and nearly half think that investment is better than stocks. This indicates the long-term view of home ownership as a fundamental goal and value remains sound.”  says Paul Bishop, NAR vice president of research.