1. Tax benefits.
The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, property taxes, and selected costs incurred in the home buying process. 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, values are still up 7.0 percent on a cumulative basis. In addition, the number of U.S. households is
expected to rise 10 to 15 percent over the next decade, creating ongoing demand for housing.3. Equity.
Money paid for rent is money 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. 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 decline as you own the home longer. However, property taxes and insurance costs will likely increase. 6. Freedom.
The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want while selecting upgrades and amenities appealing to your lifestyle. 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 social continuity.