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Don Ernle
PIMA CANYON REALTY

Tucson, AZ 85711-5313
Phone: 520-907-2682
Email: DON@DONERNLE.COM

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Is Buying a Home Still a Smart Plan?

With the burst of the housing bubble, credit crisis, and millions of foreclosures across the country, you may wonder if buying a home is such a good idea after all. However, it’s important to consider all of the facts. The important message to take away from these events is not that buying a home is a bad idea, but that you must be smart about buying your home.

The housing market, like every type of market, unavoidably has its ups and downs. That doesn’t mean buying a home is a bad investment. As a long-term investment, homeownership is still one of the best investments for individual households. Historically, real estate has consistently increased in value, despite shorter periods of depreciation due to local markets and/or national economic conditions. The data shows that homes generally appreciate about 5% per year.

Savings & Investment

Five percent may not seem like a great return on investment, but you have to think about it in the context of the situation. For example, let’s say you put 10% down on a $200,000 house. That’s a $20,000 down payment, or initial investment. At a 5% annual appreciation rate, your $200,000 home would gain $10,000 in value during the first year. Earning $10,000 on an investment of $20,000 is a whopping 50% return.

For further perspective, let’s say instead of spending that $20,000 on a down payment, you invested it in the stock market. With a 5% return, you would gain only $1,000 in profit.

Tax Benefits

So now you’re saying that a home may have a higher return, but that’s before you consider all of the costs of home ownership, such as taxes, etc. Well, think of it this way: your property taxes as well as the interest on your mortgage are both tax deductible. You can deduct those costs from your income, thus reducing your overall taxable income. In other words, the government is subsidizing your home.

Other Benefits

It’s easy to get carried away with all of the economic reasons for home ownership, but it’s important to remember that not every reason is financial. Have you ever wanted to paint the walls of your apartment? Well when you’re renting, you can’t. Has anything in your apartment ever needed updating, but the landlord refused to do it? When you own a home, you can make the space yours in almost any way you want. And you benefit when you do home improvements, both financially and psychologically. Homes generally have more space, for storage, living, etc. than other living arrangements. Not to mention that you have space outdoors for barbecuing, pets, and kids. Owning your home carries with it a sense of pride, accomplishment, and even an elevated social status.

So when you’re considering buying a home, consider the broad range of benefits that owning a home can have. And always make sure you have an experienced real estate agent and loan officer to help make sure you’re getting a home that is right for you, both financially and psychologically.

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Testimonials

Don represented us thru the entire process, not just the paperwork, he kept us informed and was present for the inspections, the septic certification and the final walk thru inspections despite the great distance out of the Tucson area he had to travel. I highly recommend him. Cathie & Paul Neuber
Very professional and punctual service. A true communicator. Always available to serve our family needs in Real Estate. Bill & Arlette Penn
Don is very nice to do business with and I have no reservations in recommending his services. Lee R. Caruth
I had been looking for property to fit my needs for 2 years unsuccessfully. Don found exactly what I was looking for in just 2 WEEKS. I cannot recommend Don Ernle highly enough..... John C. Sweeney WA6PBD
I recommend Don Ernle to any picky home buyer. He patiently showed my family 150 homes, some of which we visited multiple times, as we shopped for our home. Don is extremely knowledgeable and was able to point out the good and the not-so-good features of every home we visited. Don started out as our Real Estate agent and became our friend. When it's time to sell our home, we will call Don. Diane Zimmerman AA3OF & Robert Zimmerman KB3IWD
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