Homeownership in Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton Real Estate
The decision to buy a home is a big one and should not be made lightly. If you are planning to buy a home, you probably have good reasons in mind, ranging from the purely personal to the very practical. But homeownership is not for everyone. For one thing, buying a home is a complex, time-consuming, and costly process that sometimes brings unwelcome responsibilities. There are many good reasons for becoming a homeowner, provided you are ready for the increased responsibilities that come with it
If you are planning to buy a home, you probably have good reasons in mind. Perhaps you are ready to settle down in your community and want to have the feeling of permanence and involvement that comes with owning your own home. Maybe you need more space for your family. Or maybe you want more freedom than you currently have as a renter to change your home to suit your individual taste and needs.
Advantages of homeownership
Scheduled savings -- When you are a homeowner, your monthly mortgage payments serve as a type of savings plan. Over time you will accumulate what lenders call “equity,” an ownership interest in your house that you may be able to borrow against or convert to cash by selling the house. On the other hand, renters continually pay rent to a landlord for as long as they rent without the opportunity to build up equity.
Stable housing costs -- While rents typically increase year after year, the principal and interest portion of most mortgage payments remains unchanged for the entire repayment period. Because of the effect of inflation, you pay the same amount with ever “cheaper” dollars.
Increased value -- Houses typically increase in value over time. It's not unusual for a house that sold fifteen years ago to be valued at much more than its selling price today. This increased value is as good as money in the bank to the homeowner.
Tax benefits -- Homeowners are eligible for significant tax advantages that are not available to renters. Most important, the interest paid on your Boca Raton Florida home-mortgage usually is tax deductible and therefore can save you a substantial amount each year in federal income taxes.
Possible drawbacks of homeownership
High costs -- Usually you can expect to pay more for housing as a homeowner than you did as a renter, especially for the first few years. Even if your mortgage payments are less than your previous rent payments, as a homeowner you must also pay Boca Raton Florida property taxes, homeowner's insurance, all utilities, and upkeep expenses.
Decreased mobility -- As a homeowner you cannot move as easily as a renter by simply giving the required notice to the landlord. If you anticipate moving to a new location within the next year or two, this might not be the ideal time to buy a house.
Repair and maintenance --Don’t forget that responsibilities such as mowing the lawn and taking care of needed repairs come along with homeownership. Actually, the promise of getting the advantages of homeownership without the accompanying repair and maintenance responsibilities is a major factor in the popularity of condominiums.
Possibility of foreclosure -- If
you fail to keep up your payments, the money lender may sell the mortgaged property.
This is called foreclosure and can result in the loss of not only your house but
also your investment and good credit rating.
Purchasing a home without the services of a licensed Realtor can lead to delays and contractual misrepresentations.
These pages are not intended to replace the services of your realtor.