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Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Home

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a HomeTop 5

1. Housing Affordability Still at Record High Levels

Each month the National Association of Realtors issues its “Housing Affordability Index,” which measures the ability of the average family, in a particular geographical area, to afford the average priced home for that area.  In February 2012 the national affordability index was 206.6.  This means that if a family with the median income of $60,974 wanted to purchase a median-priced existing singlefamily home at $157,100 (with a 20% down payment of $31,420), they would have 206.6% of the qualifying income needed to purchase that home.

2. Interest Rates Are at Historic Lows

It’s still a great time to take advantage of historically low interest rates.

3. Tax Advantages of Homeownership

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, up-sizing, or down-sizing, most homeowners qualify for tax breaks annually.  Please consult a tax advisor.

  • Interest paid on a home mortgage maybe tax deductible (up to the value of the primary residence)
  • Property taxes are typically deductible for most homeowners

Plus, for most homeowners, there are no capital gains taxes when a primary residence is sold.  Please consult a tax advisor.

4. Inventory of short sale Real Estate Owned (REO) properties

Also called lender-mediated, lender-owned, or non-traditional, these properties may appeal to bargain hunters looking for that hidden gem.

5. Inventory of homes overall is at an 6.4-month supply nationally. It is a buyer’s market!

More than 6 months of housing inventory indicates that it’s a buyer’s market, where traditionally buyers enjoy more choices and more bargaining power.

Regional differences in housing affordability from February 2011 to February 2012

Housing Affordability by Region

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