What are the tax advantages of owning a home?

  • Income tax reduction. In the early years of a mortgage, most of your monthly payment covers interest on the mortgage. In most cases, the mortgage interest (and property tax) is deductible from your taxable income, lowering your overall tax bill.

    Therefore, your after-tax cost of home ownership may be lower than renting. There may be tax implications if you later sell the home at a profit. Consult your tax advisor for more information.

  • Tax deductible borrowing power. As your home equity increases, you can borrow against it for almost any need with a home equity loan or line of credit.

Because your home equity loan or line of credit is backed by the equity in your home, you may be able to deduct that interest from your taxable income. This could lower your final tax bill. See a tax professional for complete details.