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When it Comes to building wealth, the American single-family home is the gold standard of investments. Not only is a home a place to live, but it is typically the largest investment most people will ever make—and for those that take the plunge, they can expect their investment to pay off in spades. 

Housing wealth is mainly built by price appreciation gains. Over the last 30 years, the average home appreciated at a rate of 4.3%. But home price appreciation has ramped up over the last 10 years with returns reaching 8.3% annually.