Doing Your Homework: Is this the right decision for you? Which is better, owning or renting? And when you decide to move, what steps can you take to make the move a smooth one?

Rent vs. Own: What’s Right for You?

Owning a home is the American dream. But for some individuals, renting a property can be a wise choice, both financially and personally. Which is right for you? Consider the following:

  • Which offers lower monthly costs?
  • Which offers more value?
  • Which offers more stability?
  • Which allows you to benefit from mortgage interest?
  • Which allows you to deduct real estate tax?
  • Which gives you good credit?
  • Which helps you establish roots?
  • Which helps you build a retirement nest egg?

Home Ownership Pays

No question about it, home ownership is a big investment, maybe the largest you’ll ever make. But over time, it’s an investment that pays for itself many times over. Here’s how:

Tax Advantages

  • Mortgage interest is tax deductible.
  • Real estate taxes are tax deductible.
  • Local tax benefits are available in many areas.
  • You can enjoy tax free profits from the sale of a primary residence that you have occupied for two of the last five years if you are married and filing jointly. If you are single, or married and filing separately, you can enjoy tax free profits up to $250,000.

Investment Benefits

  • You build equity over time, which you take in cash when you sell your home.
  • The profits from home investment are often greater than from many other investments.
  • Because you can borrow against it in most states, home equity can be a source of emergency funding.
  • Land appreciation adds to the value of your home.
  • For many, home owning is an important part of retirement planning.

Personal Satisfaction

  • You gain more living space.
  • You enjoy the satisfaction and pride of home ownership.
  • Home ownership, for many people, is a sign of independence and achievement.

Let a Certified Residential Specialist Help You Achieve Your Dream
It might seem like a long way from renting to owning. But many times, a little expert advice and creativity are all you need to make the leap. If you are ready to own, talk to a Certified Residential Specialist. As an experienced REALTOR with advanced training in residential sales, a Certified Residential Specialist can introduce you to purchase and financing options that you may not have considered, options that can put the home of your dreams within your grasp.

It’s Time To Get Moving

An efficient, well-managed move not only saves you time and money, it can also make the transition to your new home easier and more pleasant for your whole family. That’s why the Council of Residential Specialists offers these proven tips to help make your move a trouble-free experience from start to finish.

The “Before You Move” Checklist

  • Hire the movers. Retain a reliable moving company as early as possible. Be clear about your needs and expectations, and make sure you understand the company’s policies.
  • Take a room by room inventory of your home. This list will help you when it’s time to pack.
  • Organize your belongings. Clean and sort your possessions and set aside unwanted items for a garage sale, your favorite charity or the garbage pickup.
  • Arrange for the shut-off or transfer of your phone and other utilities.
  • Contact your bank and transfer the contents of your safe deposit box to a bank closer to your home.
  • Complete the change of address kit at your post office.
  • Give your friends and relatives your new address and phone number.
  • Obtain copies of all medical and dental records, school transcripts and birth certificates.

Packing Tips

  • Label contents on the outside of each box and indicate where it will go in your new home.
  • Write FRAGILE in large, legible letters on boxes that contain breakable and/or valuable items.
  • Pack all breakables and liquids separately.
  • Seal all medications and other containers to prevent leaking and move them in leak-proof bags or containers.
  • To conserve space, fill drawers with light items such as shirts, underwear, blankets, pillowcases, etc.
  • Transport your plants and pets personally, if possible. Make sure pets are kept in a well-ventilated cage.
  • Hard to replace valuable items such as jewelry, documents or artwork should also remain under your personal supervision.

What To Do When Moving Day Arrives

  • Get plenty of rest the day before you move.
  • Have food and beverages available for the movers at both ends of your journey.
  • When the movers arrive, show them which items you want loaded last, and which items they should not load.
  • When you arrive at your new house, check the utilities and do as much cleaning as you can before moving furniture inside.
  • After the movers have finished unloading you might be asked to sign an inventory list. Note any apparent damage before you sign and indicate in writing that you have not finished inspecting your possessions.
  • Plan something special for the family at the end of the day.

Search for a CRS Agent

The most important step to finding your dream home, is to find an agent that will work for you. One that has the experience and education to make your dream a reality.

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