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. Here are just a few of those reasons:
(Also read the article on moneywatch why now is such a good time to buy!)
Increase 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 mortgage 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 between 1950 and 2002, US home prices appreciated at an annual growth rate of 4.8%. Even if you calculate a modest appreciation of 3%, a home purchased today for $150,000 will grow in value to $364,000 over 30 years.
In addition, don’t forget that the government is offering a tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time buyers through June 30, 2010. The tax credit has also been expanded so that qualified purchasers who have owned and occupied a primary residence for a period of five consecutive years during the last eight years can receive a tax credit of up to $6,500.