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To Buy or To Lease

Articles January 19, 2016

Buying and selling means more than finding a real estate agent to do the work that is needed. There is also the need to make sure that you know what you want or need when you are moving with the investment. No matter what the market, there are always different moves that you can make in order to get the right person moved in to your property.

Leasing is one of the several ways that you can move into a real estate investment. If you are having difficulty selling your home or property, then you can consider leasing as an option instead of selling it. If you decide to use the lease option for the property, then it means that you will become the landlord for a period of at least one year. The tenant will have a contract that is signed for this amount of time that says to take care of the property and pay rent. After the time period is up, the tenant will have the option of buying the property from you.

If you are considering buying a home, this is a good first step to get into. You will have lower payments, will be able to build your credit, and will have the option of trying out the property before you buy it. If you are selling the property, it can also be beneficial, as it allows you to demand a higher price and move into a better market when it is time to sell. Usually, by the time you are ready to sell, you will be able to offer a price that is ten to twenty percent higher than it would have been a year before.

If the market isn’t right, you can’t sell your home, and the right options don’t seem to be walking through the door, then leasing is a second option that you can consider. By leasing the property, you will have the ability to profit on either side of the fence.

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Why Own a Home Instead of Rent?

Articles December 8, 2015

There are times when it is better for a person to rent, but most often home ownership has many more benefits and advantages.

Recent studies are showing that there are many benefits for both the owners and the community for owning your own home, including increased education for children, lower teen-age pregnancy rate and a higher lifetime annual income for children. Besides these, listed below are some of the primary advantages for owning your own house.
More Stable Housing Costs
Rent payments can be unpredictable and typically rise each year, but most mortgage payments remain unchanged for the entire loan period. If the taxes go up, the increase is usually gradual. This stable housing cost especially important in times of inflation, when renters lose money and owners make money.

Tax Savings
Homeonwers can be eligible for signifigant tax savings because you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from your federal income tax, as well as many states’ income taxes. This can be a considerable amount of money at first, because the first few years of mortgage payments is made up mostly of interest and taxes.

If you need to refinance to consolidate other debts (an opportunity you don’t have if you are renting) the interest on this is also tax deductable.

Equity
Instead of payments disapearing into someone elses pocket, home owners are building equity in their own home. This is often one of a person’s biggest investment assests. Each year that you own the home you pay more toward the principal, which is money you will get back when the home sells. It is like having a schelduled savings account that grows faster the longer you have it. If the property appreciates, and generally it does, it is like money in your pocket. And you are the one who gets to take advanatge of that, not the landlord. You can then use this equity to plan for future goals like your child’s education or your retirement.

It is Yours!
When you own a home you are in control. You the freedom to decorate it and landscape it any way you wish. You can have a pet or two. No one can pop in and inspect your home and threaten to evict you.
Even young people, like college students out on their own, can often benefit from home ownership. It puts them ahead of other young people their age financially by helping with their credit and giving them what is often an excellent investment. Often a college student buying a home will rent the rooms out, and his or her roommates end up making the payments for the house. When the student is ready to move on, her or she can sell the home (hopefully making a profit) or keep it as an investment and continue to rent it.

Buying a home is an important decision. It is often the largest purchase a person makes in his or her life. Home ownership also comes with some increased responsibilities, and isn’t for everyone. There are some disadvantages to homeownership that you should take into account.

Increased Expenses
Your monthly expenses may increase, depending on your situation. Even if the monthly payments are the same, home owners still have to pay property taxes, all the utilities, and all the maintenance and upkeep costs for the home. Often you need to supply appliances that were furnished with a rental.

Decreased Freedom of Mobility
Homeowners can’t move as easily as a renter who just has to give notice to the landlord. Selling a house can be a complex and time consuming process.

Risk of Depreciation
In some areas with overinflated prices, there may be a risk that the house will depreciate instead of increase in value, if the prices go down. If you then sell the house, you may not get enough money from the home to pay back your mortgage, and you will still owe the mortgage company money.

Possibility of Foreclosure
If for some reason you are unable to make your payments, you risk having the lender forclose on your propety. This can result in the loss of your home, any equity you have earned, and the loss of your good credit rating.

When considering home ownership, you need to weight the advantages and disadvantages for yourself. If you are like most people, you will find that homeownership is worth the risks and disadvantages.

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