The Biggest Benefit to Owning a Home (in my opinion)

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If you are thinking of buying a home somewhere in Southern California's Inland Empire, you have probably read about the obvious benefits of being a home owner before (see immediate list below).  I'd like you to consider the ‘other', often unspoken benefit of owning your own home.  I'm suggesting that a home can actually ‘build' a person.  (make sure you watch the #1 song Miranda Lambert video to understand this).

Me, my sister Kim(to my right), our dog Penny, and neighborhood kids

Here are the Four Most Common Reasons or Benefits to Home Ownership:  

  • Tax Deductions.  For both state and federal taxes, the interest paid on the mortgage is usually tax's a tax shelter.  You can also deduct the property taxes you pay.  Both help reduce your taxable income (keep more of your hard earned money) and enables you to receive a larger refund at tax time.
  • Home Appreciation.  Homes have lost 50+% of the appreciation since the 2006 bubble high's.  History shows home values increase about 3% a year when averaged out over time.  Between paying the loan balance down and the appreciation in value, you are creating a tangible retirement the form of equity.  Equity is the difference of what you owe on the home and what it's value is.  This equity can be leveraged to purchase investment properties in the future and increase your overall net worth and create additional monthly cash flow from renting out properties.
  • Payment Stability.  Renters have no idea how much their rent will increase from year to year.  A homeowner with a 30 year fixed has peace of mind knowing that their payment won't change for 30 years.  This is a way to help protect yourself from the impact of inflation and makes your dollar go further.
  • Freedom or Pride of Ownership.  You get to decorate and design your home to match your taste.  No loud neighbors to deal with....or play your own music louder than you can in an apartment or condo.  You also have a backyard for your pets, a place for your kids to play, or a place to plant a garden.

For most people, the payment on a home mortgage is often the same or sometimes less then what they pay in rent!!  Home affordability in California is at an all time high. 

In my opinion, the most important reason for owning a home is best said in this song by Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me".  It talks about the memories a home brought to this singer as a child.  I often see people cry when they sell their home...even when moving and buying a nicer home, so I know that owning a home plays a significant role in a persons life.


I was fortunate to have grown up in the same house (in MN) from the time I was 3 to when I moved out on my own after college.  Looking back at the photo's phto's of my chldhod, growing up with my sister, I realized most of them involve our home and neighborhood.  In fact, I'm still friends with many of the neighborhood kids I grew up with playing baseball, hockey, and basketball in the well as kick the can into the late evenings.  Many experts claim that a stable home is required for a child to blossom into a confident, secure, respectful, and loving adult.  This refers to the actual family life as well as the physical home.  If you are unsure about this, just ask a person who's dad grew up in the army and moved multiple times how much that impacted their adolescence.     

I am so thankful for the stability my parents brought to my childhood (thanks Mom & Dad).  A home can act as a refuge from the negative forces of this world, helps shape a childs life, and helps them succeed later in life.

Life is short, we only grow up once, and owning your own has all kinds of financial benefits, but the memories that an actual home can provide is worth more than all the money in the world.  I believe we owe it to our kids to provide this kind of stability in their lives....and create memories that will last a lifetime.  

If you would like your kids to experience stability in their life by owning your own home and create lasting memories, I encourange you to find out what it takes to qualify for a home loan.  If you need to improve your credit score, then call me for some direction or advice.  I'm here to help.  Brad Yzermans (951-215-6119) or visit

P.S. And don't worry, you don't need a down payment! 

Serving the communities of Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Corona.....and the entire Inland Empire region.

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Comments (5)

MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Great post about how the heart builds a home.

Jun 28, 2010 06:24 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

OK, this was so good I had to re-blog it.

Jun 28, 2010 06:26 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

It is a good post and one thing I will add is that in California it is hard to find someone that owns a home for more than 7 yrs.

Jun 28, 2010 06:34 PM
Craig Hilbun
The Hilbun Team - Lake Elsinore, CA
Your Neighborhood Agent

Great post Brad, I will have to use this blog as a link on my website!  This is a perfect tool to get those renters to start thinking 'ownership'.

Jun 29, 2010 02:30 AM
Brad Yzermans
First Time Home Buyer & Down Payment Assistance Specialist in So Cal. - Temecula, CA
Temecula-Murrieta-Menifee FHA/VA Mortgage Lender

Michelle - Thanks for the re-blog.  I have been wanting to blog on this topic ever since hearing this song by Miranda Lambert....which was about 3 weeks ago.

Mark @ Elite - Yes, that has been true, but out her ein the IE, the negative equity and increasing difficulty in qualifying for a home loan will change that....maybe extend that to 10 years?  Who knows.  I like that pop-up on your website.  Amzing how it can pull my email.  Where did you get this?

Craig - Thanks.  I posted this to my main blog as well if you want to direct them 

Jun 29, 2010 04:33 AM