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Buyer Resources

Information for First Time Buyers

You are in the midst of a buyers' market, there hasn't been a better time to buy in years!

Mortgage rates are low, sellers are motivated, owning a home is a great investment in your future, and can lead to many, many years of happy memories.

So why wait? It is a great time to buy!

Benefits of Ownership

Owning a home is the American dream. A home not only provides financial benefits but it also provides shelter and security to families. Did you know that:

  • Home owners move less often and are more likely to vote and volunteer time for political and charitable causes than renters?
  • Children of homeowners tend to perform better in school and attain higher levels of education than children of parents who do not own a home?
  • Dollar for dollar, the rate of return on an individual's cash down payment on a house is substantial? Given the leverage in purchasing a home, the average return on a 5% down payment over 10 years is usually three to five times greater than stock market returns?
  • When you own a home you may be able to deduct the property taxes and mortgage interest from your income taxes?
  • In most cases the gains that you make when you sell your primary residence are tax free?

Mortgages are at Historically Low Rates

For buyers who qualify, mortgage rates are near historical lows, less than 5% currently. According to data provided by Freddie Mac, rates averaged 8.9% during the past 40 years. Go to www.FreddieMac.com and view the Primary Mortgage Market Survey® for more information on the latest rates. In addition, low interest rates, coupled with recent price declines, give people looking to upgrade a unique opportunity to take advantage of market conditions.

The Value of Your Investment

Real estate is a long-term investment. Home values could fall in some years, though, on average over the past 40 years, the median price of existing homes has increased about 6% every year. However, this is a national average and local markets vary widely. Thanks to the power of leverage, a homeowner's return on investment is even more impressive over time. Visit www.HouseLogic.com/buyandsell to learn more.

Home Ownership is an Investment in Your Future

Home ownership is how many American families begin to accumulate wealth. Using the latest figures from the Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances, NAR estimates that in 2010, a typical homeowner's net worth is 40 times that of a renter's.

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