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What are the benefits of owning a house? What are the advantages over renting?

There are many advantages to homeownership:

 A sound investment – When you carefully choose a home you can afford, the payoff can be great. As a homeowner, instead of paying rent to a landlord, each month when you make your mortgage payment, you are building equity in a place of your own. The more mortgage payments you make, the more equity you’ll have. And unlike most things you buy, a home can actually appreciate in value as time passes, building more equity.

  • Tax advantages – The mortgage interest and real estate taxes you pay are tax deductible which can reduce your tax bill.
  • Real estate is marketable.
  • You can make your own decisions about design and décor.
  • You can invest in upgrades that will not only bring you pleasure but can also add to the value of the property over time.
  • You have control over the piece of property. You are not answering to a landlord.
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