Benefits of Homeownership: What Matters Most

Real Estate Agent with Greenridge Realty Inc.

Here is a copy of our news release for July.  As interest rates continue to dip down to historic lows, as do home prices, the opportunity to buy a home has never looked brighter.  In most cases renters should be asking themselves..."If not now, when?"  I would suggest you contact your most trusted mortgage and real estate professionals and see if this isn't the perfect time for you to realize "The American Dream."

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Benefits of Homeownership: What Matters Most

July 2010

At some point in time most people are faced with the decision to either buy a home or continue renting, and with the expiration of the home buyer tax credit, that choice may be on many people’s minds these days.

Renting can make sense for those not yet ready to take on the responsibility of homeownership, but for those in a position to purchase a home it can offer immediate benefits and long-term value.  According to the West Central Association of REALTORS®, the benefits of owning a home go beyond financial considerations.

“Homeownership is an investment in your future,” said Randy Poll, President. “While financial considerations are certainly important, a lot of today’s buyers are motivated by things beyond just dollars and cents. For many of them, homeownership is a lifestyle choice. They want a place of their own to raise a family, build memories, and be part of a larger community.”

For many people, owning a home is part of the American dream. It continues to be a goal of individuals and families from all walks of life.  The NAR 2009 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey reveals buyers most often cite the desire to own a home as the primary reason for their recent home purchase.

Research suggests that homeownership also strengthens communities. Homeowners are more likely to be involved and engaged in local issues, and they move less frequently than renters. This helps prevent crime, improve childhood education and support neighborhood upkeep.  According to the National Association of Realtors® study, Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing, homeowners are more likely to vote and they volunteer time for political and charitable causes more frequently than renters.

“Buying a home provides families the opportunity to establish roots in a community. It’s also proven to be one of the best ways to long-term wealth, with equity accumulation and tax benefits over time,” said Poll.

Data from the Federal Reserve Board shows a typical homeowner’s net worth is 46 times that of a renter’s.  Poll says would-be homeowners should also consider the incredible opportunities offered in the current market.

“The truth is, today’s buyers have a lot of advantages. Inventory is high, prices are affordable and mortgage rates are near 50-year lows,” said Poll. A buyer who’s ready to take the next step should contact a Realtor® in their area who can help them begin to build their future through homeownership.”

The West Central Association of REALTORS, a local non-profit real estate trade association, has over 230 members in Newaygo, Lake, Mecosta, Osceola, and Montcalm counties.  Affiliated with the Michigan and National Association of REALTORS®, it is dedicated to education for professionals, promotion of home and real property ownership and protection of personal property rights through legislation.

For more information contact:

Patricia Nieboer, Association Executive

West Central Association of REALTORS®

10443 Northland Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307

(231) 796-3640, (231)796-3645(fax)


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