3 Reasons for Not Buying Your Costa Mesa House with Cash

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with The L3 Real Estate, A Trusted Name In Orange County Real Estate #00573423

 

It’s a tempting scenario: after succeeding in gathering a substantial trove of cash, you find your Costa Mesa dream house—and sit down to write out a check for the entire agreed-upon sum, buying it outright! The future looks like ultra-smooth sailing, financially speaking. No mortgage payment. No interest. No monthly insurance set-aside or property tax pre-payment shunted into some account the mortgage company insists upon. And you really own the place yourself, with no strings attached!

Although there are definite plusses to buying your Costa Mesa dream house with cash, there are at least three opposing reasons why it would be prudent to at least think twice before writing that monster check:

1. Taxes! The federal tax reform passed in 2017 may limit the interest tax deduction to $10,000, but that’s still a hefty plus come tax time—one that cash buyers might miss. It has the effect of reducing a mortgage’s bottom line cost.

2. Diversification. Investment counselors preach the advantages of diversification. If buying your Costa Mesa property with cash means funneling the preponderance of your liquid assets into that one investment, it limits your freedom to explore all other avenues. If a business opportunity beckons, you might wind up borrowing against your home equity—in which case you could have saved the trouble with a home loan in the first place!

3. Leveraging your position. Even if you don’t make an all-cash offer, that solid bank balance will contribute mightily to the way you will be viewed by lenders. The home loan terms you are offered should reflect that substantial financial standing. When historically low interest rates are offered, the financial consequences they embody are worth considering.

Of course, there are also some considerable advantages to buying your Costa Mesa dream house for cash. Chief among them is that many Costa Mesa sellers may choose cash offers over competing bids that require lender approval.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell, one aspect of what we bring clients is our professional experience in helping structure and evaluate successful offers. Call us!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com

 

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