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7 Different Reasons To Own Your Own
You've probably seen lots of
financial arguments about why you should own your own home
rather than rent. This includes budgeting (no rent
increases) and the tax savings you'll most likely have. Now
we're going to give you some reasons you probably haven't
- Freedom to
pursue other goals in life once the major goal of home
ownership is achieved.
Strange as it sounds, many of our
first-time buyers have told us that once they bought the
house, other things in their life started to fall into
place. It's as if not owning took so much of their
mental energy that other goals were not worked on until
that big goal was reached. So buy a home and get on with
- A greater sense of belonging to the
Once you own a home, you feel more
attached to the city in which you live. You're more
interested in what happens in town, to the roads,
schools, and shopping areas. Some people even become
involved in local politics.
- A commitment to something, a sense
Home ownership is an anchor,
something that cannot be pulled out from under you.
You'll never get a notice that you have to move. You're
kids will never have to change schools. It gives you
freedom to plan years ahead.
- You can change things, a feeling of
being in control.
It's your home. You can add to it,
remodel it, change the landscaping, do whatever projects
you want. You have a feeling of being in control of
something in your life. At work we don't always have
control of what happens, but your home is your castle
and you have dominion over it. You can see what you're
building take shape before your eyes.
- More control over the children than
in an apartment complex.
In a neighborhood, kids usually
play in the yards or go to friend's houses a few doors
away. Our clients have told us that in an apartment
complex they never knew where the kids were. They could
be in any of hundreds of apartments, doing who knows
what. In a home you get to know the neighbors and watch
out for each other's kids.
- Children do better in school and
feel more secure.
This one surprised us, but buyers
have reported to us that their kids calmed down in
school after they bought a house. We don't know why, but
it seems to work that way. We remember a single mom
watching her son play in the yard, making steps in the
slope and building things. She didn't have to tell him
to leave everything alone, like she did at the apartment
complex. I guess kids feel the same need for control we
- Time and money saved by not going to
A small point, but if you have
kids, you know the value of this one. You gain a whole
evening a week when you buy a house! The wash gets done
in between other things, or while you're at work. What
would you do with the extra evening you'll have? How
about going out for dessert with your spouse with all
We've been in a home of our own for so long; we take
these benefits for granted. We forgot what it's like to
be renters! If you have anything you can add to the
list, please let us know via email. We would love to
hear from you.