Homeownership In Naples Is A Financially Sound Thing To Do

Homeownership In Naples Is A Financially Sound Thing To Do

All of us have wondered whether or not buying a home is the right thing to do and whether or not the timing is right. Consideration of interest rates, down payment amounts and the amount of the mortgage payment are all things we look at when making our decisions. I am not one to pontificate on the right and wrong of anything so personal to each of you and always try to base my advice and guidance on information obtained from experts in the field. I thought I would share the thoughts I have included below from Eric Belsky of Harvard University. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you about the information contained here and how it applies to your Naples purchase. Call me at 239-273-4006 or email me at Fay@Move@NaplesImage titleNow.com. You can also visit my website at fay.movetonaplesnow.com where you can also learn about my Special Fly and Buy Travel Incentive Program. Fay Mlinarich, PA., Premiere Plus Realty

Harvard: 5 Financial Reasons to Buy a Home

Eric Belsky is Managing Directorof the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate. This year he released a new paper on homeownership - The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America. In his paper, Belsky reveals five financial reasons people should consider buying a home.

Here are the five reasons, each followed by an excerpt from the study:

1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available.

“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the money. As a result, homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their leverage factor is 10 or more.”

2.) You're paying for housing whether you own or rent.

“Homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord.”

3.) Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”.

“Since many people have trouble saving and have to make a housing payment one way or the other, owning a home can overcome people’s tendency to defer savings to another day.”

4.) There are substantial tax benefits to owning.

“Homeowners are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from income...On top of all this, capital gains up to $250,000 are excluded from income for single filers and up to $500,000 for married couples if they sell their homes for a gain.”

5.) Owning is a hedge against inflation.

“Housing costs and rents have tended over most time periods to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation, making owning an attractive proposition.”

Bottom Line

We realize that homeownership makes sense for many Americans for many social and family reasons. It also makes sense financially.


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