If you’re a first-time home buyer, the task ahead can look daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this series of blogs to help guide you through the home buying process. For the last blog, we looked at some of the terms associated with purchasing a house. For this one, let’s discuss some of the expectations that come with owning a house:
Owning can be a good investment: Housing prices often fluctuate in the short term. But in the long run, homes generally appreciate in value, giving a good return on your investment.
You’ll earn equity: With each payment you make, a portion goes toward the principle of the loan which increases your equity. As your home increases in value, so does your equity. So, if or when you finally go to sell your home, you’ll have more money to put down on the next one!
You could reduce your taxes*: Your mortgage interest and property tax payments may be deductible from your federal (and many state) taxes, which means you’ll likely owe Uncle Sam less at the end of each year.
You’ll have more freedom: It’s your own place – Paint the walls purple, plant snapdragons or cacti, dance in your PJs on Thursday nights. A great perk to owning is that you get to choose how you make the house your home!
While many people argue that the pros of homeownership outweigh the cons, the grass isn’t always greener. In addition to paying a monthly mortgage payment (and possibly PMI), there are other expenses you’ll need to keep in mind:
- Homeowners insurance
- Property taxes
- Utility bills
- Unexpected & expected maintenance costs
- Home improvement
- Misc. fees (a home security system, HOA fees, etc.)
Look for more blogs from NASB that will help guide you through your first home purchase.
*This is not intended to and does not constitute legal advice or financial / investment / tax advice. North American Savings Bank does not make any guarantee or other promise as to the results obtained. The consumer should consult a tax adviser for further information regarding the deductibility of interest and charges.