#1 The inside story from a 20-year veteran.
Real estate is the largest purchase you will make in your lifetime. Learn how to do it right!
This is a continual series on the correct purchase methods in acquiring real estate whether for investment, a place to lay your head, or raise a family.
Let’s first get into why you should buy real estate; a basic primer:
Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home.
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 avg. (markets vary). The number of U.S. households is expected to rise 10 to15 percent over the next decade, creating a 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-rate mortgage payments don’t rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs will likely increase.
Freedom. The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want and choose the types of upgrades and new amenities that appeal to your lifestyle.
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.
This is the first edition of my continual series on owning Real Estate in today’s market.
Gene Candeloro is a 20+ veteran of the Real Estate industry. He has won many state and local awards. He is currently a REALTOR/Broker at RE/MAX Performance in Cary, NC. Cary is one of the hottest Real Estate markets in the country located in the Research Triangle. Often named in national magazines as the best place to live in America.
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