How Do I Know If I’m Ready To Buy A Home?

The two don’t really compare at all. The one advantage of renting is being generally free of most maintenance responsibilities. But by renting, you lose the chance to build equity, take advantage of tax benefits, and protect yourself against rent increases. Also, you may not be free to decorate without permission and may be at the mercy of the landlord for housing.

Owning a home has many benefits. When you make a mortgage payment, you are building equity. And that’s an investment. Owning a home also qualifies you for tax breaks that assist you in dealing with your new financial responsibilities- like insurance, real estate taxes, and upkeep- which can be substantial. But given the freedom, stability, and security of owning your own home, they are worth it.

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    Candace Robinson is an Associate Broker with Red Hawk Realty and Property Management, a real estate brokerage serving the Phoenix metropolitan area. Candace is a member of our local Arizona Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®, she works with both Buyers and Sellers serving the East Valley and surrounding areas including Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Ocotillo, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Casa Grande, Maricopa, Ahwatukee and more.


    1. Great post for first time homebuyers! I love the pie graph with the drop shadow…nice touch!

    2. @Brandon – thank you!

    3. Cristina Geraldo says:

      i moved from cali. in march and started working in october, we plan on buying a home in buckeye, people have been telling me that i have to be working for 2 yrs in AZ to qualify for a home is this true??? please advice

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