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Creating Wealth as a First Time Home Buyer

by Liz Nitz

Over the weekend, I taught a first time home buyer seminar.  I love helping first time homebuyers get into their first home because it means so much not only emotionally but also financially. It is the start of a secure financial future that can help you all the way through your retirement.  Now is a particularly good time to purchase a home as interest rates are at multi year lows, inventory is better than it has been in a while, prices are still increasing but at a less rapid rate and there are plenty of low downpayment programs and down payment assistance options.

I want to focus today’s blog though on exactly how and why you are creating wealth as a first time home buyer and is an important building block of your portfolio and financial future.

The example that I used in the seminar is pictured on this white board photo and I will bullet point it out so it makes sense.

 

Case #1 – Rent

First assumption is that a person rents an apartment for $1000 a month.

The $1000 goes to the landlord.

The benefit received by the renter is a place to live.  The renter is not paying off a larger debt to eventually own the home outright. ( Unless this a very rare lease to own situation)

There are no tax benefits associated with paying rent.

 

Case #2 – Purchase home with financing , usually from a financial institution.

This person has purchased a home with lender financing and pays $1000 a month to the lender.

 

What happens to that money is the interesting part

Part of it (I am using $500 a month in my example below) goes to the bank as interest to pay the bank for using their money.  But the other part of the $1000 payment goes to pay principal on your loan.  Principal is the part of the purchase price that you borrowed to purchase that house. Every principal payment increases your ownership in the house as you owe the bank less with each payment you make.
In my example, $500 a month goes to principal which turns into $6000 a year.  In the space of one year, you have will have reduced your debt by $6000 and that continues for as long as you have that loan.

So that’s a bit of wealth creation right there as you own more and more of a valuable asset.  The money that you pay off is considered your equity in your home.

 

But that’s not all…you will also be able to take advantage of an appreciating real estate market.

I know we all like to complain about rising home prices but did you think that the flip side is that if you actually own a home with the help of a lender, the rising home prices increase the value of your home too!  And guess what, the bank doesn’t get any of that, its all yours!

 

You may not touch that equity and wealth for many years but you may want to consider what it can do for you.

Some examples :

  • The equity that you earn simply by paying your mortgage and letting your home appreciate may provide a large down payment for your next home, say if you needed another for a growing family.
  • It can help pay for a second home or an investment property
  • The equity from the first home may help pay for kids schooling
  • It can serve as nice retirement nest egg

 

To recap the benefits that one gains from paying a mortgage over rent:

  • The interest portion of your payment is tax deductible
  • The principal portion of your payment pays off debt (good for the credit score), increases your ownership in that house and creates wealth as your equity builds
  • The value appreciation which increases your equity in that home belongs only to you, not the bank.
  • You have a solid financial wealth tool that can be used later for when you need it.

 

 

That first home with very little down can be a springboard to financial security down the road.  Purchasing a home is really one of the best leveraged investments you can make.  Now is a great time to take advantage of this just because of the all of the positive market conditions and available money at low rates.

Please reach out and let’s talk more about more about creating wealth as a first time home buyer!

 

Check out my website and blog https://movemetomontana.com

For more on mortgage rates, check here  http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/reports/newsletter

 

 

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334 Herstal Way, Bozeman, Montana 59718

334 Herstal Way, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
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0.08Acre
2,096Sqft
Form & Function are on display in this concise and well-appointed plan by Higher Standard Homes. Living room with laminate hardwood seamlessly flows through the dining area and into the kitchen which features quartz counter tops, stainless appliances, modern Bellmont cabinets and large slab island. Upper level boasts spacious master with dual vanities, tile surround shower and walk-in closet.
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3010 W Villard Street 1F, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3010 W Villard Street 1F, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
1,308Sqft
Well maintained and move-in ready upper level 3B/2B condo in Morgan Creek. This home also has a 1 car detached garage and spacious bedrooms. Fantastic central Bozeman location.
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391 Annie Glade Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

391 Annie Glade Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
0.30Acre
2,529Sqft
This lovely, light-filled home in Elk Grove is located at the end of cul-de-sac on a larger lot with a beautifully landscaped & fenced yard that backs to open space. This well-appointed home includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths plus office and guest cabin. The main level master features a large ensuite bathroom with soaker tub. Beautiful hardwood floors cover the main living spaces and bedrooms.
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1028 Boylan Road, Bozeman, Montana 59715

1028 Boylan Road, Bozeman, Montana 59715

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
0.24Acre
2,712Sqft
Fantastic and flexible single level floor plan in Bridger Creek Subdivision is under construction and expected to be completed by mid-March 2022. High quality finishes include an extensive cabinetry package, custom built ins, tile, luxury vinyl flooring and quartz counters. Matte black fixtures enhance the sleek modern flair of this 2700 + Sf home.
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1045 Boylan Road 3, Bozeman, Montana 59715

1045 Boylan Road 3, Bozeman, Montana 59715

3Bedroom(s)
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2,205Sqft
Great condo in a great location! Situated on the number 6 hole on Bridger Creek Golf Course, this light filled condo is central to all that is great about living in SW MT! Minutes to downtown Bozeman, surrounded by trails, and easy to hop on the walking or bike path to the M and Drinking Horse Mountain. Golf all summer and xc ski on the groomed trails out your back door all winter.
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2400 Durston 8, Bozeman, Montana 59718

2400 Durston 8, Bozeman, Montana 59718

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6651 Gooch Hill Road, Bozeman, Montana 59718

6651 Gooch Hill Road, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
6Acre
3,908Sqft
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305 Michael Grove Avenue 2A, Bozeman, Montana 59718

305 Michael Grove Avenue 2A, Bozeman, Montana 59718

2Bedroom(s)
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953Sqft
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439 N 10th, Bozeman, Montana 59715

439 N 10th, Bozeman, Montana 59715

4Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
0.18Acre
2,200Sqft
GREAT LOCATION! Close to Bozeman Senior High School 4BR 2BA Rancher with full basement and CONVERTED SHOP to a 400SF+ STUDIO/COTTAGE, additional living space in the backyard. Studio has 3/4 bath, small kitchenette w/sink, AC/Heat Mini split, stacked W/D, gas stove heater and walk-in closet. EXTRA PARKING accessed from alley.
$685,000
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