Thursday, May 04, 2006

Benefits of Home Ownership

  • To deduct property taxes and the interest paid on your mortgage, you must itemize deductions rather than take the standard deduction. For many homeowners, the combined deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes easily exceed the standard deduction.
  • Freedom to live the way you want to. You can customize your home without having to worry about the landlord’s rules.
  • You can accumulate home equity. You can borrow against the equity built up in your home to finance necessities such as a college education, vacation, new car, etc. Since the interest on a mortgage is usually low, borrowing money against your home can be very sound. The interest on home equity loans is usually tax deductible, too.
  • Stable monthly payments rather than rent payments which typically increase each year. The principal and interest portion of most mortgage payments remains unchanged for the entire repayment period so you know exactly what you’ll need in the way of finances.
  • Home improvements that may increase the value of your home. And your home improvement costs may be used to reduce your capital gains tax when you sell.
    Houses typically increase in value over time. Courtesy of National Association of Realtors