There are a number of personal and emotional reasons to buy a home. But there are also some strong financial reasons to make the investment. In addition to exceptional home affordability and near historic interest rates, here are some important financial benefits of owning a home:
Increased Net Worth: Few things have a greater impact on net worth than owning a home. In a comparison of renters versus homeowners, the Federal Reserve Board of Consumer Finance found that the average net worth of renters was just $4,000 compared to homeowners at $184,400.
A Big Tax Deduction: One of the largest tax deductions available is the amount of interest paid on a mortgage. In fact, a $150,000 home at a 5.50% interest rate can add up to approximately $8,000 in first year’s interest. This amounts to a significant savings – effectively reducing the amount of a homeowner’s monthly loan payment.
Long-Term Appreciation: Over the last few years, home prices have corrected and become more affordable. While that’s good news for potential buyers, it has overshadowed the long-term appreciation of a home’s value. The reality is, despite market ups and downs, real estate historically appreciates around 6% per year. Even if you calculate a modest appreciation of 3%, a home purchased today for $150,000 should grow in value to $364,000 over 30 years.
$8,000 Tax Credit: Don’t forget, the government is offering an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers – or for folks that haven’t owned a home during the past three years. However, the program is scheduled to end soon. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service recently reminded potential buyers that they must complete their first-time home purchases before December 1, 2009 to qualify for the special credit, which means the last day to close on a home and qualify for the credit is November 30, 2009.
If you’re considering purchasing a home, this is an ideal time. Call or email us today to discuss your specific situation and how you can benefit from today’s market.