Understanding The Benefits Of Homeownership

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Wells Fargo financial expert Tamara Broderick explains the benefits of homeownership.

    Tamara Bodrick: Hi! I am Tamara with Wells Fargo. Today we're discussing the benefits of home ownership. Buying a home has many benefits; you become a part of the community, experience the security of owning the roof over your head and have the opportunity to create a home that meets your needs and style.

    You may also enjoy opportunities to, Build Home Equity. Unlike rent, the principal portion of every mortgage payment you make has the potential to increase equity in your home. Gain Potential Tax Benefits: Your mortgage interest and real estate property taxes are usually tax-deductible when you file your income tax returns.

    Consult a tax advisor regarding the deductibility of interest. Manage your credit. Making on-time mortgage payments can help you create and keep a strong credit history.

    Be your own landlord. When you own your home, rent increases, cancel leases, and other unexpected tenant hassles can be a thing of the past. While owning a home has some wonderful advantages, it is one of the largest purchases most people make. Here are some considerations to think about to help you make informed decisions.

    Added Financial Responsibility: You will need to pay for utilities, maintenance and repairs; that's on top of your mortgage payments, property taxes and homeowners insurance.

    Potential Risk: Real estate often increases in value over time, but not always. Your property value can also go down.

    Tighter Ties: As a renter you can pick up and move with short notice. When you own a home, selling it before you move on is more complicated.

    Renting may require a smaller monthly expense than a mortgage payment, which includes principal, interest, taxes and insurance. In some cases renting may free up additional cash that allows you to invest or save. However, over time the cost of renting may outweigh the cost of buying a home.

    If you have questions or concerns, consider talking to a financial professional about the importance of this decision.