February 25th, 2016 6:28 AM by Jackie A. Graves
1. Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest
you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved
in buying a home.
2. Appreciation. Historically, real estate has had a long-term,
stable growth in value. In fact, median single-family existing-home sale prices
have increased on average 5.2 percent each year from 1972 through 2014,
according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The recent housing
crisis has caused some to question the long-term value of real estate, but even
in the most recent 10 years, which included quite a few very bad years for
housing, values are still up 7.0 percent on a cumulative basis. In addition,
the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 10 to15 percent over the next
decade, creating continued high demand for housing.
3. Equity. Money paid for rent is money that
you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership
interest in your home.
4. Savings. Building equity in your home is a ready-made
savings plan. And when you sell, you can generally take up to $250,000
($500,000 for a married couple) as gain without owing any federal income tax.
5. Predictability. Unlike rent, your fixed-rate mortgage payments
don’t rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own
the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs
will likely increase.
6. Freedom. The home is yours. You can decorate any way
you want and choose the types of upgrades and new amenities that appeal to your
7. Stability. Remaining in one neighborhood for several
years allows you and your family time to build long-lasting relationships
within the community. It also offers children the benefit of educational and
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