For Buyers - Buying Real Estate in Florida

The steps to buying a home can be stressful, especially for first time home buyers. Let Forrester Realty's agents help you with this intricate process and make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

Jim Forrester, broker-owner, is a native of High Springs and knows this area and most of the residents. Forrester understands that a successful real estate practice begins and ends with you. The conviction that every customer deserves the very best representation compels him to devote all his education and experience toward the accurate execution of your goals. Jim and everyone at Forrester Realty is devoted to helping you with every step of the extremely important and complicated process.

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7 Reasons to Buy a Home

  1. Pride of ownership is a key reason for wanting your own home. Decorate it to your own taste and enjoy all of the benefits while making a great investment.
    Real estate over time has been considered a good investment because most of it has appreciated. The effects of leverage can multiply the increase when borrowed funds are used to purchase the home.
  2. Many times, the largest investment a person owns is their home. Homes have been a good hedge against inflation. Homeowners build equity and can borrow against that equity for a variety of reasons that could include college, medical, or to start a business.
    Qualified mortgage interest and home equity loans are deductible for Income Tax purposes.
    Property taxes on a first or second home are deductible on for Income Tax purposes.
  3. A homeowner can exclude up to $500,000 of capital gain if married, filing jointly or up to $250,000 if single or filing separately for homes that have been the taxpayer's principal residence for the previous two years. There is no age requirement for taking the capital gains exclusion like the “over 55” rule in the past. For more information, consult a tax expert.
  4. It is not necessary to purchase a replacement home more expensive than the one sold. Homeowners can buy a more or less expensive home with no tax consequences assuming their gain is less than the allowable amounts.
  5. Preferential tax treatment on gains that have been made from capital assets held more than one year is permitted by IRS. This is especially important for homeowners with gains in excess of the allowable exclusion.
  6. Mortgage payments include the interest for the time that the money has been used and principal to retire the debt over a period of time. Each month part of the payment is for principal accumulation.


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