Owning a home is something many people dream of, but it can seem like a huge commitment with little benefits in return. Some choose to rent over purchasing a home, but there are actually some great monetary advantages that come with owning a home. For those who own homes, there are some itemized tax deductions available, which you are allowed to deduct every year.


Both state and local real property taxes can be deducted, but you should keep in mind that real estate taxes are only deductible in the year they are paid to the government. For instance if your lender held money in escrow for taxes due in 2016, you can’t take a deduction for those taxes in the year 2015.

Mortgage Interest

Mortgage lenders send an annual statement to borrowers by January 31st every year that reflects the amount of mortgage interest and real estate taxes that have been paid by the homeowner during the previous year. Mortgage interest loans on a first or second home are fully deductible but subject to certain limitations like the acquisition of loans up to one million and home equity loans up to $100,000. If you are married but file individually, these limits are split.


Some mortgage lenders will allow you to pay one or more points to get a loan. The more points you have, the lower your interest rates should be. These points are sometimes called “loan origination fees” or “premium charges”, but they’re all still points. Each point is one percent of the borrowed amount, for instance if you get a loan of $180,000 each point would cost you $1,800. The IRS has dictated that even if the points are paid by sellers, they are still deductible by the homebuyer. Any points paid to a lender when refinancing your current mortgage aren’t fully deductible in the year they’re paid; you have to distribute the amount over the period of the loan. If you paid $1,800 in points for a 30 year loan, each year you are only allowed to deduct $60, which $1,800 divided by thirty. When you pay off your new loan, any remaining parts of the points you have not deducted, can then be deducted in full.

If you have further questions about the tax benefits of owning your own house, contact your legal and financial advisors.

If you’d like to own your own a home, contact The Sandi Pressley Team to get the process started today.


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