Building your family's wealth over the next 5 years is about acquiring property and watching the equity grow. Purchasing real estate that is most likely to grow equity is something a professional agent is most adept at doing. You do not want the nicest house in the block but you may want the worst house on that block if the rest of the neighborhood is stable and you have the funds to bring this property up to the rest of the standards. Some repairs are minor and can be fixed with your own sweat equity, some will need a professional like a plumber or electrician. Again, a professional Realtor® who knows the area can help you with this. It takes some training and experience to be able to target the right properties in the right areas. Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.24% per year on average and to grow by 21.4% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchases and closes on a $250,000 home in January. If we look at only the projected increase in the price of that home, how much equity will they earn over the next 5 years? Since the experts predict that home prices will increase by 4.0% this year alone, the young homeowners will have gained over $10,000 in equity in just one year. Over a five-year period, their equity will increase by over $43,000! This figure does not even take into account their monthly principal mortgage payments. In many cases, home equity is one of the largest portions of a family’s overall net worth.