The 5 Greatest Benefits of Home-ownership


    Recently, Freddie Mac reported on the benefits of homeownership. According to their report, here are the five benefits that “should be at the top of everyone’s list.”

    1. Homeownership can help you build equity over time.
    2. Your monthly payments will remain stable.
    3. You may have some tax benefits.
    4. You can take pride in ownership.
    5. Homeownership improves your community.

    Let’s expand on each of Freddie Mac’s points:

    Home-ownership can help you build equity over time.

    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400).

    In a Forbes article, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun reported that now the net worth gap is 45 times greater.

    Your monthly payments will remain stable.

    When you purchase a home with a fixed rate mortgage, the majority of the payment (principle and interest) remain constant. On the other hand, rents continue to skyrocket. Your housing expense is much more stable if you own instead of rent.

    You may have some tax benefits.

    According to the Tax Policy Center’s Briefing Book -“A citizen’s guide to the fascinating (though often complex) elements of the federal Tax System” – there are several tax advantages to home-ownership.

    Here are four items from the Briefing Book:

    • Mortgage Interest Deduction
    • Property Tax Deduction
    • Imputed Rent
    • Profits from Home Sale

    You can take pride in ownership.

    Most surveys show that a major factor in purchasing a home is the freedom you have to design the home the way you want. From paint colors to yard accessories, you don’t need a landlord’s permission to make the house feel like a home.

    Home-ownership improves your community.

    The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled ‘Social Benefits of Home-ownership and Stable Housing.’ The study explained:

    “Home-ownership does create social capital and provide residents with a platform from which to connect and interact with neighbors…Owning a home means owning part of a neighborhood, and a homeowner’s feelings of commitment to the home can arouse feelings of commitment to the neighborhood, which, in turn, can produce interactions with neighbors.”

    Bottom Line

    There are many benefits to home-ownership. That is why it is still a critical piece of the American Dream.  Contact Us today to speak with one of our professional Realtors.

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