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Buying Your Home As A Primary Residence- Still An Investment

Apr 10, 2008
There are more millionaires in real estate than any other business. That is great for investors who make it their lives to invest in real estate, but what about end users who want to buy a home to live in it. Even as an end user it is akin to consider the investment side of even a primary residence.

The average home owner lives in their home 5 to 7 years. At the end of that time period the market may have gone down or up a substantial amount. The next home a buyer will purchase will often times depend on how much equity was in the previous home. Everybody wants to live in their dream home someday. It can happen much sooner if you make wise choices in the homes you buy along the way.

A home must fit one's personal needs. A 3 car garage is nice especially for those who need extra storage. A pool is a must have in many areas like Arizona. A young family may need a 2 story for the extra room or a retiring couple may need a single level. A split floor plan will give parents extra peace and privacy. Formal dining and living rooms fit some people's needs while a great room will fit another's needs. Everything taken into consideration eventually the house just has to feel right. These are all great things to consider, but it is important to ask your real estate agent a few questions about the property.

There is a value to almost everything on a house. Ask your agent whether the elevation and floor plan are marketable. Does the functionality of the house appeal to the general population? Find out how many other similar floor plans are in the neighborhood. Is there an excess? Ask if the general public in the area are buying homes that match your needs. Sometimes an area is more inclined to formal rooms and another area is more inclined to great rooms. What about the location. Location can change everything. Is the home in a growing area or is the area land locked? Both can be great for value. What about the location of the home within the neighborhood? Is it situated as an interior lot where it is far enough from traffic noise and lights? Sometimes location within a neighborhood isn't as vital, ask your agent, he or she should know.

Ask your agent to show you the homes that are close to your criteria that he feels are the best deals. You may be surprised what you learn and it may change your perspective on what you find is important in a home. Your real estate agent views hundreds of homes, use his or her assets to the fullest potential. Your agent's job is to educate you and the best way is for you to be shown his or her recommendations.

Now if you are buying your dream home that you are going to live in until the day you day, then I think I would have a few different recommendations for you. But the actuality of it is that if you are planning for the future then your best bet is to make your primary home your best investment. Financing is readily available and there are benefits to the fact that you are buying the home to live in. There are major tax benefits that your accountant can tell you more about. Use your wisdom and buy smart. Wether you like it or not your home is an investment.
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