Buying a Home,  Mortgage

Q&A: All Cash Home Purchase vs. Mortgage

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Many of my clients (especially Baby Boomers who are downsizing or relocating) ask me if they should pay cash for their next house or finance it with a new loan. While the idea of owning a home free-and-clear is certainly appealing, I always present them with a series of questions to help them clarify the big picture. Perhaps you or someone you know may benefit from these as well:

How much will you be left with after an all-cash purchase? Maintaining a safety net of three to six months’ worth of living expenses can be a real comfort after you’ve done well on the sale of your home. How comfortable will you be if an all-cash purchase brings you near zero?

Are you retiring soon? This goes to two issues: First, whether or not the absence of a mortgage will significantly improve your monthly position, keeping in mind you’ll still need to make insurance, tax payments, and maintenance. Second, if you’re thinking about applying for a loan. It can be a challenge to qualify for a loan after you’ve retired, so if you think you’ll need a loan, it may be better to get it in advance.

What’s your tax and income situation look like? For some people, the mortgage interest deduction on income taxes has a significant impact on their annual tax bill and overall cash flow picture. It’s always a good idea to consult with a financial professional before you “write off” the write off.

Might you need to help someone out in the near future? Sometimes having the liquidity to help family members or close friends in need is important. Are you planning to help someone else with a down payment on a home? Is it likely you’ll have to help a close friend or relative through a tough time? Having cash on hand can be a comfort.

How important is “free and clear” to your mind? For some, there’s nothing that compares to the idea of owning a home free and clear. Sometimes the feeling of “no debt” simply can’t be overpowered by tax or liquidity benefits. It’s important to be honest with yourself, and if you’ve always dreamed of dodging a house payment, it could be the right emotional move. For all of these reasons and more you’ll want to choose wisely before you go in for an all-cash purchase of your next home. Naturally, if you need any help selling your current home or looking for the next one, I’d be happy to help:

614-565-8161 Teresa@TeresaButler.com

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A positive attitude and enthusiastic creativity are two of the driving forces behind Teresa Butler’s real estate practice. Teresa’s passions are people, houses and art. Since 1983 she has been able to combine her passions to help her clients’ real estate dreams come true. Today, as yesterday, she works earnestly to ensure her clients' needs are met and expectations exceeded. Skill, polished by years of experience and knowledge of her hometown is what Teresa brings to her clients. Growing up in Gahanna instilled hometown values her business is built on. She has watched Gahanna, New Albany and Easton build from the ground up. She has seen many trends and changes throughout the years and can share that knowledge to help you make a better buying or selling decision. Teresa’s clients are some of the happiest and most knowledgeable sellers and buyers in Central Ohio. Every transaction is treated with personalized attention to detail. She works diligently to keep them informed through technology with reports, statistics, neighborhood and area information, all to help them make an informed decision. Teresa is a powerful resource you can rely on to reach your real estate goals. Teresa embraces the latest technology to communicate quickly and effectively while still providing good old fashioned service. She understands thoroughly how technology and the internet have changed the way clients achieve goals and success in real estate. She utilizes all the latest digital tools to help you to make fast and informed decisions. Teresa sets herself apart as an award winning photographer to showcase her listings. Teresa has established herself as a pioneer in real estate photography. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words! Twilight photos exclusively through Teresa, will differentiate your home in the marketplace. Let Teresa’s award winning photos help sell your listing! Teresa can also help with your commercial real estate needs. Backed by years of experience through her broker, Ted Oatts, she will meet your commercial goals. Teresa truly cares for you as her client. She is committed to provide exceptional service to you. She takes time to listen to you, dedicating herself to giving you the results you want. Ready to make a move? Talk to Teresa Today!

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