6 Benefits of Home Ownership

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Home ownership is not for everyone, but for those who want to experience the Joys of owning your own home.  Here are 6 reasons why it is a good idea.

-          Tax Savings: The government rewards homeowners by providing excellent tax benefits.  The interest paid on your mortgage and other home -related expenses can generally be deducted from your income when you file your taxes.

-          Appreciation: Home values have a well-documented history of going up over time. This increase becomes equity you can benefit from when you refinance or sell the home.

-          Equity: Renting has often been compared to paying 100% interest, but when you own a home and a mortgage is in place, a portion of your payment goes toward the principal balance on your loan.  This builds your equity and acts as a savings account.

-          Roots: People who own rather than rent stay in their homes 4 times longer on average.  This provides an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and connect with your local community.

-          Happiness: The feeling of owning your own home is unmatched.  You can fix it up, make it your own, get a dog, or plant a tree of you want.  Bottom line, your home is yours, so you can decorate it (or not) as you like.

-          Education: Research shows children of homeowners earn higher test scores and graduate at a higher percentage than those of renters.