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7 Reasons to Own Your Home


Tax breaks.  The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage,

your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home.


Appreciation.  Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year

fluctuations are normal, median existing-home sale prices have increased on average  6.5%

each year from 1972 through 2005, and increased 88.5% over the last 10 years, according

to the National Association of REALTORS®.  In addition, the number of U.S. households

is expected to rise 15% over the next decade, creating continued high demand for housing.


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.


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.


Predictability.  Unlike rent, your fixed-mortgage payments don’t rise over the years so

your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home.  However, keep in mind

that property taxes and insurance costs will increase.


Freedom.  The home is yours.  You can decorate any way you want and benefit from your investment for as long as you own the home.


Stability.  Remaining in one neighborhood for several years gives you a chance to participate in community activities, lets you and your family establish lasting friendships, and offers your children the benefit of educational continuity.



Resource:  National Association of REALTORS®