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Why purchasing a home still makes good financial sense

By Posted in - MN Real Estate & Real Estate on October 16th, 2010 0 Comments

Housing is still a need and not a “want”

Here in Minnesota we have seen a market drop to prices lower than most of us ever predicted.  The perfect storm has occurred over the past couple of years in the middle of the worst economy in 80 years.   Yet still housing remains a neccessity and not a luxury.    Most people have changed the way they look at their home these days.  It has moved from what most called a great investment, to merely a place to raise your family.

Purchasing a Home for the long run is safe

When you look at what your housing needs are going to be for the long run, most of us are not planning on renting and paying off some landlords mortgage for them.   Not that there is anything wrong with renting a property, but if you have the ability to pay off your mortgage vs. paying off someone Else’s wouldn’t you rather have the debt being paid down leave you with some form of equity?   Even if homes don’t go up in value at all over the next 10 years, paying on a 30 year mortgage will still leave you with a nice chunk of equity a decade from now.

What about the tax savings?

In an enviornment where we are most certainly facing higher taxes across the board, deducting your mortgage interest is still the best tax deduction most Americans have.    You can deduct 100% of your mortgage interest which makes owning a more logical choice even if homes never increase in value.

Reported today by Rismedia  8 out of 10 polled agree

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—Nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe buying a home is a good financial decision, despite ongoing challenges with the economy and housing market. That’s according to the 2010 National Housing Pulse Survey, an annual report released by the National Association of Realtors. The survey, which measures how affordable housing issues affect consumers, also found job security concerns to be the highest in eight years of sampling, with 70% of Americans saying that job layoffs and unemployment are a big problem in their area; eight in 10 cite these issues as a barrier to homeownership.

“The real issue facing the nation’s economy right now is that many Americans can’t find meaningful work to support their families,” said NAR President Vicki Cox Golder, owner of a real estate company in Tucson, Ariz. “While a job recovery is what’s needed right now to get the economy and housing market back on the right track, owning a home continues to be part of the American Dream and one of the best long-term investments in your future.”

Despite economic uncertainty, 68% of those surveyed still believe now is a good time to buy a home; while that number is down from last year (75%), it’s up from 2008 (66%) and 2007 (59%). Lower home prices and record-low mortgage interest rates may be attracting buyers to the housing market—more than one-fourth of renters said they are thinking more about buying a home than they were a year ago. Sixty-three percent of renter respondents said that owning a home is a priority in their future, and nearly 40% said it was one of their highest priorities.

Lower home prices have improved affordability. In fact, the percentage of renters who are worried that the cost of housing is getting so unaffordable that they will never be able to buy a home has decreased steadily since 2007, from 63% to 57%.

Despite improved affordability, 79% of respondents still consider having enough money for down payment and closing costs to be among the biggest obstacles to buying a home. Another obstacle is a lack of confidence in their ability to be approved for a loan, reported by 73% of respondents.

The good news is that Americans are seeing more stability in the real estate market. Nearly seven out of 10 believe that home values have stabilized in their area; the same number expects home sales to remain about the same through the end of the year.

While more than half (51%) say foreclosures are a problem in their area, the rate of foreclosures is also seen as stabilizing; 51% say the rate is about the same as last year. Thirty-six percent of respondents cite the recession, loss of jobs and the poor economy as the main reason for the ongoing foreclosure problem. This has also led to a slight increase in the number of people who believe the federal government should take a more active role overseeing loans and mortgages (44%, up from 43% last year).

While nearly seven out of 10 say it’s harder to sell a home in their area today than it was a year ago, it’s less of a concern from last year when the number was 10 percentage points higher. This is most likely the result of lower home inventories.

The 2010 National Housing Pulse Survey is conducted by American Strategies and Myers Research & Strategic Services for NAR’s Housing Opportunity Program. The telephone survey was among 1,209 adults living in the 25 most populous metropolitan statistical areas. The study has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

For more information, visit www.realtor.org.

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