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Owning a Home in US Has Fewer Tax Benefits Than You Think

According to a research by John Burns Real Estate Consulting LLC, the tax benefits gotten by every home owner have been unattractive to normal buyers ever since the rates for mortgages began to drop in 2008. Notwithstanding the fact that most of US generations have been relying on those same tax benefits.

According to Burns, in the case of two people that are married and at a point paid 20% for a home at a median price and borrowed the rest, the normal deduction was about 2500 dollars more than the initial price they'll get when they itemize their interest for mortgage and property taxes. In a report released on April 10 2016, Burns communicated that when compared, it was discovered that those expenses were easily more than the normal deduction per year from 1972 – 2008.

The costs for borrowing that were near record lows have made the amount homeowners are capable of deducting from when filing their income taxes to reduce drastically. Back in 1971, the normal deduction for two married people was at 1, 300 dollars, but nowadays they go for 12,600 dollars. This means that there are no taxpayer's benefit for the first 12,600 dollars of itemized deductions. This was according to the research performed by Burns. Burns also said that's a major reason first time home buyers in the U.S are depressed. According to Burns during a phone interview with Bloomberg, a big reason most entry-level buyers refused to come back is because the tax benefits used to provide urgency for buyers. But now that the benefits are gone, so is the urgency.

A normal entry-level buyer paying up to 95 percent of a home that is median-priced in the US drops lower than 12,000 dollars as interest for mortgage and property taxes. According to the report given by Burns, this amount isn't enough to warrant itemizing.

Interventions by the Fed

The average rate for a fixed mortgage of 30 years was at 3.58%, as per data provided by Freddie Mac, this rate is the lowest rate seen in about 3 years and it is also very low when compared to the 6.63% rate of July, 2008.

Truly, little mortgage rates will be an advantage for entry-level buyers as purchases will be easier to afford. Also, even though at the time some mortgage holders are not receiving the deduction in interest, changes will begin to become visible as the rates continue to rise said the National Association of Home Builders' chief economist, Robert Dietz. The deduction will later assist in reducing the increase in cost for borrowing which have been predicted to rise as the benchmark lending rates rise.

Dietz also communicated that according to an analysis performed by the Joint Committee on Taxation's homebuilders' group of figures, 7 out of 10 mortgage holders take the deduction. Dietz also added that some of those buyers have probably bought the houses before the crash of mortgage rates.