Category Archives: Homeowners

Money Monday: Can you deduct interest on your home equity loan?

“The new federal tax law created a lot of confusion over whether tax filers may still deduct the interest they pay on their home equity loans and home equity lines of credit.

money“The new law suspends the deduction for interest on home equity indebtedness for the next eight years.

“But it turns out the suspension does not apply to all home equity loans (HELs) and lines of credit (HELOCs). It just applies to those that are used to pay for non-home-related things, like paying off your credit card or buying a car. But you can still deduct home equity loan interest that is used to pay for home improvements…”

Read more at Money.CNN.com: “Yes, you can still deduct interest on your home equity loan …”

Who’s Buying Houses?

Last year, in 2017, here’s who buying real estate:

By far, the largest percentage of home buyers were married couples. Check out the other buyers below.

CAR infographic

This infographic is from CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Should you upgrade from a smaller to a larger home?

Buying a house instead of renting is, depending where in the country you live, often more cost-effective. But upgrading from a smaller home to a larger home and mortgage? Probably not.

small house to mansion

“There are solid reasons to upgrade your home. For many, it was always the plan. You buy a starter home, and upgrade to a larger one once your family expands. Or your income expands, and you finally move into your dream home. Regardless of your reason, the typical first step is determining what you can afford. A standard rule for lenders is that your monthly housing payment (principal, interest, taxes and insurance) should not take up more than 28% of your income before taxes. A quick and dirty way to check how much you can afford is through calculators like myFico calculator.

“Lenders asses your monthly income, debt, credit score and a variety of other factors to determine how much you can “afford”. However, they don’t look at how your expenses will grow after upgrading to a bigger and better house. (“Forbes.com, “Upgrading to a bigger home? Beware of 6 expenses that will increase.”)

Read Forbes’ article on the 6 things that will increase with a larger place here.

The Perfect Home – Infographic

The idea of the perfect home varies for each individual, but overall there are some strong desires within each generation.

  • Single-family homes in the suburban are a top priority to 55% of gen X-ers and baby boomers.
  • The home doesn’t matter as much as the location for millennials and the silent generation — they both desire walkable communities close to work.
  • 60% of families prefer larger homes and yards.
  • Homes with small yards and a walkable distance from amenities are high on the list for 55% of Americans

Positively Perfect home for the generations

Check out the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’ infographics here.

Homeownership Has Benefits

Thinking of becoming a home owner?

Homeownership has a few benefits; improved: educational performance, health, and civic participation, and lower crime rates.

Homeownership has benefits

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Homeownership is beneficial

Homeowners have a lot going for them: improved educational performance, lower crime rates, greater health.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Common Home Buying Expenses

When home buyers purchase real estate, they often don’t factor in other expenses that they may incur.

Your new home is certainly a large expense, but have you considered the other purchases that may go hand-in-hand with that home’s cost?

Common home buying expenses for real estate buyers

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, available here.

Homeownership Up From 50-Year Low

Homeownership rate jumps from 50-year low

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. homeownership rate may have finally bottomed out, as the share of Americans who own homes is steadily climbing. The ownership rate posted an increase in the second quarter, reversing a sharp downward trend that begun in the Great Recession.

The homeownership rate was 63.7 percent in the second quarter, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. That marks nearly a full percentage point increase from a year ago. Last year, the homeownership rate had plunged to a 50-year low of 62.9 percent.

“The addition of 1.2 million households being homeowners is clearly good news, as more households are participating in housing equity gains,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®. “But let’s keep it in perspective: There are fewer homeowners today compared to a decade ago, while renter households have risen by 8 million.

So it is still the case that the massive $7 trillion in housing wealth gains from the cyclical low point has been accumulated by a fewer number of families in America. Further advances in homeownership are required to strengthen and broaden the middle class.”

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