4 Big Reasons Why you May Want to Buy Real Estate

by : Eric Bramlett

"Although renting a home can give you plenty of freedom to travel and move frequently, most people eventually opt to buy property. Further, most financial advisors approve of real estate purchases as solid investments and good choices. That is because purchasing real estate can give you:

1) An asset. When you buy, the money you put into your property becomes money that you are investing in your own future. The value of your home becomes part of your net worth. When you own property, lenders may see you as a better risk since your overall financial situation is stronger. Paying off your mortgage on time each month can go a long way towards keeping your credit rating healthy too.

2) Equity. The amount of your home's worth not tied up in home loans is your equity and this alone can be a valuable asset. Every time you improve your home and every time property values in your area rise, your equity may grow. In case of financial need, you can borrow against the equity of your home, often at great rates and with tax breaks as well. In case of a financial emergency, your home equity can be a financial lifeline that can save you from disaster.

3) Tax breaks. In most cases, owning a home can offer you tax advantages. For example, real estate taxes are tax-deductible. If you decide to sell your home, you could enjoy even more tax savings. If you make a profit in selling your primary residence, you can enjoy tax free profits of up to $250 000 or even $500 000, depending on your circumstances. This can make your home a much better investment than stocks, shares, or other taxable entities.

4) Higher quality of living. While there are many beautiful rentals, most homes offer you more space than rentals for a smaller price. Ownership also means freedom. When you own your own home, you can decorate it as you like and live the way you wish. You do not have to worry about following a landlord's rules.

There are many advantages to owning your own home. If you have been renting for a while and now find yourself in the position of being able to afford your own home, you may want to reevaluate whether ownership isn't right for you. For many people, it is a smart long-term financial decision."