Children Get Richer From Home Prices Too!

Home prices can influence a home owner’s child’s future income, according to a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

“If home prices are rising, parents who are home owners may have additional resources to finance a child’s higher education, either because they feel richer or they can borrow against the home’s equity,” Maria Jose Luengo-Prado, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, says about the report. “This may allow their children to attend college or attend a higher-ranked [more expensive] school. On the other hand, the effect of rising house prices for parents who are renters is the opposite. Rising housing prices often mean higher housing costs. Rents go up. They may also need to save more money for a down payment to buy a house in the future.”

Source: “Salary Advantage Goes to Children of Homeowners,” The Wall Street Journal (April 12, 2015)     Your comments?