Though the housing market has been turned on its ear, this is a great time for anyone thinking of buying a home. Yes, it may be more difficult to get the credit that you may need; it is still possible, and now prices are so low you may not need as much financing as you originally thought. If you are on the fence, here are some reasons to consider buying a home sooner than later.
Favorable Interest Rates
One of the greatest and most obvious reasons to consider buying a home is the interest rates. Interest rates today, are some of the lowest rates that we have seen in years. It is possible that they will go even lower. You may think that getting a home loan in order to take advantage of these rates is impossible. Although credit standards and loan approval may be higher than before, obtaining a loan is well within the reach of homebuyers with a good credit rating and a steady income that can support the monthly mortgage payments.
The second best reason to buy a home is the tax savings. For most workers buying a home may not only allow them to deduct the mortgage interests, it also gives them the ability to itemize their deductions, which they may not have been able to do previously. Once you have lived in your home for two years, you are able to exclude an amount of profit from your capital gains. In addition, you are able to take advantage of this exclusion every two years, even if you decided to sell the home after you have lived there for at least two years.
Unlike cars, houses appreciate over time. Therefore, your house will more than likely be worth more in a few years than you paid for it. Some people take full advantage of the appreciation factor and sell their homes for a profit.
Plenty to Choose From
However, another great reason to buy a house now is the selection. Unfortunately, due to rising foreclosure, there are numerous houses on the market in every state. Regardless of your tastes or preferences, you should be able to find just what you are looking for.
Houses are also good sources for future credit and or financing. Homeowners are able to turn the equity that they have in their home into a loan or line of credit through refinancing. This benefit has proven to be important, in a down economy or in situations where medical bills are unmanageable, home repairs or improvements are needed, or kids need funds for college.
However, it may be a larger factor for some more than others there are personal and family related reasons for buying a home. The family reasons are usually the most obvious and typically include the need for additional space due to a growing family or relocation for a job or business opportunity. Yet, personal reasons are not always considered. For many, the desire to be able to customize a living space without asking for permission is strong and often a great motivator for young adults to buy their first home. Others grow tired of the noise, neighbors, and cramped quarters of apartments and/or dorm life.
Owning your Home
One of the more traditional reasons for buying a home is that you are purchasing property that you can actually own rather than paying for the use of someone else’s property. As we start to get older, the desire to have a place to settle down and retire in becomes more pressing. If you buy a home, you own property that you can not only retire into; but also, pass on to your children.
The idea of owning property that can be passed down is the reason many people work and save, which leads us to the next reason to buy a home. There is a pride and peace of mind that comes with owning a house. This is the ability to see why you go to work day in and day out, work two or jobs, or work two or more shifts. This sense of accomplishment cannot be duplicated when renting.
Becoming Part of a Community
If you are searching for a strong sense of community, than you need to consider buying a home. When you own a home in a good neighborhood, you take the time to meet and get to know your neighbors. In addition, you are more likely to become involved in neighborhood activities and community programs.
If you have entertained the idea of starting your own home based business, you may find that it is much easier to convert an extra room in your home into a home office than it is in a rental or apartment setting. You may be able to have a designated entrance for clients, as well as space for a small waiting area. However, depending on the type of business you are considering more elaborate modifications may be required. For example, you may need to bring a restroom up to ADA standard or install an additional sink.Immobilienmakler Heidelberg Makler Heidelberg
Source by Mike Sam Cole