No doubt you've thought of how nice it would be not
to write a rent check every month, but have you done the math? Nothing can make
you feel more secure than owning your own house, unless buying a home will
create financial problems of its own. Here's a discussion of the most important
financial costs associated with home buying to stack up against your monthly
Instead of the standard deduction on your income tax
return, most homeowners itemize their deductions, allowing them to deduct the
following (and save on taxes): Boca Raton Florida home-mortgage interest, Boca Raton property real estate
taxes, state income taxes, gifts to charity, medical and dental expenses over
7.5% of your income, personal Boca Raton property taxes, and most moving
Figure your monthly payments if you were to buy.
Compare your monthly rent to a calculation of the following: purchase price and
down payment of your home, your annual income (and debt!), Boca Raton property tax rate,
home insurance rate, interest rate and length of loan. For best results, contact
a home-buying specialist.
Expect other costs to
homeowning. Along with your monthly mortgage and down payment, there's Boca Raton property
tax and homeowners insurance premiums, and fees known as "closing costs." These
include everything from a credit check to "points"- interest paid up-front in
return for a lower interest rate. Others: title insurance fee, survey charge,
attorney/escrow fees, and loan origination. So do your research!
No discussion of home
ownership is complete without considering the long-term benefits of owning. What
your house will be worth when you sell depends on the state of your mortgage and
the housing market, in particular. Consult with real estate professionals, read
up, and do your math to get a realistic sense of your future home
Mobility is part of renting. Freedom to take the next job or
move for a relationship is easy to come by when you rent a home. And when you do
move, there's often more choice of specific location, and price, when you seek
Boca Raton Florida rental housing. Want an apartment near a park in western Philadelphia? You may
find an easier time looking to rent than buy.
Many renters say they love knowing they're not tied down - and don't
have to assume financial responsibility for their living space. This is of
course a big difference from home ownership: who does the work.
While you don't receive the joys of making a place truly
"your own," you do have limited costs in renting. Landlords are responsible for
general upkeep and safety, allowing you to focus on the fine points. Homeowning,
in contrast, puts you in the driver's seat. You shoulder the expenses and reap
the rewards of home improvement - both great and small. Think about whether you
want to put in additional time and money.
Whether you decide to take the step of home ownership is a
personal choice with its own ups and downs. Hopefully we've helped dust off the
magic ball a bit; what you see in your future is up to you!