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Jim Jaworski

Central WI Real Estate
Wausau, WI 54401
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715-571-1156
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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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Jim Jaworski
Central WI Real Estate

2610 Stewart Ave Suite 120
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715-571-1156
Email: jim@centralwisconsinRE.com

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Angela Wenman Biese  recommends Central WI Real Estate.
August 31 · 

Jim is a wonderful realtor for your commercial or residential real estate sale or purchase - he was both a buying agent and a selling agent for us on several occasions and we could not have made a better choice. His knowledge of the local market and experience are second to none!

Kenneth Krouse reviewed Central WI Real Estate — 5 star
June 25 · 

Jim is a very straight-forward, knowledgeable, and successful realtor who I would not hesitate a second to call on again if needed. Thanks to Jim, we priced our house $15,000 higher than another realtor suggested we list it at, and we got our asking price. Jim helped us through the entire process and helped to make it a lot less stressful experience. I also know Jim to be a very dedicated and involved family man and solid individual.

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