If you are considering owning a home, check out these top reasons to own your home and the benefits of home ownership from Wanda's Winter 2023 Buyer's Guide:
Top Reasons to Own Your Home
- Accomplishment: Feeling a sense of achievement and pride
- Loved Ones: Prioritizing the needs of those closest to you
- Stability: Lock in your monthly housing payment with a mortgage
- Financial Investment: Growing your assets and net worth
- Comfort: Enjoying features that enhance your lifestyle
- Privacy: Having a space that's your own
- Personal Expression: Tailoring your home to your unique style
- Community: Being a part of a broader social group
The Non-Financial Benefits of Homeownership
While you could see less competition and more room for negotiation, you may be wondering if now’s the best time to buy a home given mortgage rates are higher than they were last year. While the financial aspects are important to consider, there are also powerful non-financial reasons it may make sense to become a homeowner.
Homeowners Can Make Their Home Truly Their Own
Owning your home gives you a significant sense of freedom because it’s a space you can customize to your heart’s desire. That can bring you added happiness.
In fact, a report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows making updates or remodeling your home can help you feel more at ease and comfortable in your living space. NAR measures this with a Joy Score that indicates how much happiness specific home upgrades bring:
“There were numerous interior projects that received a perfect Joy Score of 10: paint entire interior of home, paint one room of home, add a new home office, hardwood flooring refinish, new wood flooring, closet renovation, insulation upgrade, and attic conversion to living area.”
And as a homeowner, unless there are specific homeowner’s association requirements, you typically won’t have to worry about the changes you can and can’t make.
If you rent, you may not have the same freedom. And if you do make changes as a renter, there’s a good chance you’ll need to revert them back at the end of your lease based on your rental agreement. That can add additional costs when you move out.
Owning a Home Can Give You a Greater Sense of Achievement
There’s no denying taking care of your home is a large responsibility, but it’s one you’ll take pride in as a homeowner. Freddie Mac explains:
“As the homeowner, you have the freedom to adopt a pet, paint the walls any color you choose, renovate your kitchen, and more. . . . Of course, along with the freedoms of homeownership come responsibilities, such as making your monthly mortgage payments on time and maintaining your home. But as the property owner, you’ll be caring for your own investment.”
You’re not taking care of a living space that belongs to someone else. The space is yours. As an added benefit, you may get a return on investment for any upgrades or repairs you make.
Homeownership Can Lead to Greater Community Engagement
That sense of ownership and your feelings of responsibility can even extend beyond the walls of your home. Your home also gives you a stake in your community. Because the average homeowner stays in their home for longer than just a few years, that can lead to having a stronger connection to our local area. NAR notes:
“Living in one place for a longer amount of time creates an obvious sense of community pride, which may lead to more investment in said community.”
If you’re looking to put down roots, homeownership can help fuel a sense of connection to the area and those around you.
If you’re planning to buy a home, know that homeownership has the power to change your life. Let’s connect to discuss everything homeownership has to offer.
“The personal satisfaction and sense of accomplishment achieved through homeownership can enhance psychological health, happiness and well-being for homeowners and those around them.” - The National Association of Realtors
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