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 Net Monthly Benefits of Purchasing a Home After Divorce

Deciding to purchase a home after the divorce is final can seem like climbing a mountain to some. The art of putting emotion aside and looking at buying a new property from a financial perspective is imperative to making smart decisions.

First and foremost, a home is a place to live. Over time, home ownership has also proven to be the single largest contributor to building wealth. One has to be prepared to make the payments that they sign up for as things like appreciation aren’t realized until the property is sold in the future. However, other benefits such as tax deductions, and of course, the fact that you’re paying your own mortgage rather than your landlord’s is the greatest benefit of all.

Graph with breakdown of financial benefits

Factors as follows: Mortgage interest at 4.5%, loan to value of 80%, rent is calculated at 6% of value, real estate taxes at 2% of value, maintenance is .5% of value, insurance is $2.90 per $1,000 of mortgage amount and marginal tax bracket used is 30%. “Costs” equal monthly interest expense + insurance + maintenance + property taxes. Net Monthly benefit = appreciation + shelter value/rent saved + tax savings—costs.

Perusing the chart above evidences the value of owning real estate over time and clearly, getting paid to own vs. paying rent is the clear winner at the end of the day.

When advising divorcing clients on their housing options post-divorce, it’s important to understand the long term financial benefits as well. With so many options available combined with the financial and tax benefits when comparing the options of renting vs. owning, a complete mortgage perspective is required.\

Are you or someone you know going through a divorce where real estate or mortgage is involved? We are the only Certified Divorce Lending Professionals in Portland. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation: 503.517.8641

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