The Independence of Owning a Home

June 21, 2021

Homeownership not only builds a sense of pride and accomplishment, but it's an important step toward achieving long-term financial stability.

Are you ready to enjoy the independence of owning your own home? Here are just some of the benefits you can look forward to as a homeowner.

You can build equity over time

Equity is the difference between how much your home is worth and how much you owe on your mortgage. As a homeowner, you'll build equity as you pay down your loan principal and as your property value increases (also known as appreciation).

Home equity contributes to your financial stability and provides an option when you need to access funds. You can use equity to finance home improvements, and when you sell your home, the net proceeds from your sale can be used as a down payment for your next home.

Your monthly payments can be stable

Monthly rent payments may increase over time, but a fixed-rate mortgage will ensure that you're paying the same amount each month. That's because, with a fixed-rate mortgage, your interest rate is locked in for the life of loan. Steady payments allow you to budget wisely and make plans for the future.

Fixed-rate mortgages are the choice of 90% of homeowners today. When you're ready to buy a home, your lender can help you understand the different mortgage options available and which one is right for your situation.

Owning a home may offer tax benefits

Homeowners may be able to claim tax deductions on their mortgage interest and property taxes, as well as take advantage of tax credits for things like energy efficient improvements.

Read more about the tax benefits of homeownership.

You can create the home you want

The ability to create a space to call your own and that works perfectly for your family is invaluable. As the homeowner, you have the freedom to adopt a pet, paint the walls any color you choose, renovate your kitchen, and more. You can customize your own space without approval from landlords.

Of course, along with freedoms of homeownership come responsibilities, such as making your monthly mortgage payments on time and maintaining your home. But as the property owner, you'll be caring for your own investment. That's pretty rewarding.

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