American wealth hits all-time record as housing rebounds

According to figures released this week by the Federal Reserve, the net worth of American households and non-profit organizations increased by $1.5 trillion to a new record $81.8 trillion in the first quarter of 2014.

The good news is that roughly half the increase came from higher residential real estate values, while homeowners’ equity in their real estate increased 2% to 53.6% in the quarter.

Another positive sign is that household borrowing rose at a 2% annualized rate, indicating that we are becoming more comfortable about borrowing again, while that debt represents only 108% of disposable income,compared with 135% in 2007.

Overall these numbers, together with improving Consumer Confidence, suggest that the real estate recovery has a solid basis.

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Andrew Oliver is a Realtor with Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty

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