History of Mortgages

So far this week, we’ve covered the English, math, and science behind real estate. Today it’s time to turn back the pages of history and take a peek at what it used to look like to buy a home in the U.S. ⁣

I think you’ll find this info from J.D. Roth of the blog, Get Rich Slowly, fascinating—just like I did!⁣

For a long time, homeownership was the exception rather than the rule. Sure, farmers owned a bit of land and a small home, but most Americans did not.⁣
During the 1800s, many didn’t have the piles of cash needed, and banks weren’t any help. They wouldn’t lend money for ordinary people to buy.⁣
Mortgages didn’t become commonplace until the U.S. banking system stabilized following the National Bank Acts of the 1860s. But a mortgage in the early 1900s looked way different than a mortgage today. It might have had a 5-year term and required a 50% down payment!⁣
These early mortgages worked fine until the Great Depression, when nearly 10% of homes fell into foreclosure.⁣
The G.I. Bill of 1944 ushered in an era of escalated demand for housing and the development of the suburbs.⁣
As the housing market boomed during the 1940s and 1950s, so did the real-estate profession.⁣
Increased home prices and ownership rates brought increased mortgages. Just consider: The median size for a new home built in 1973 was 1525 square feet. By 2016, that number had jumped to 2422 square feet. ⁣

Homeownership in the U.S. has had a wild and bumpy history. The good news for prospective buyers today is that owning a home is within reach of many more Americans than it used to be. ⁣

If you’re thinking of buying and curious about what the process looks like in today’s market, I’d love to discuss. Send me a message, and I’ll be in touch soon.

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