Homeownership is one of the most important rites of passage many of us dream of. Homeownership means putting down roots and having a space that is truly yours. It’s truly a significant moment in your life when you finally reach the point of picking up that set of house keys and moving in. That’s why we seek it out, and why we celebrate the accomplishment with our family and friends.
But according to Rick Piette, owner of Las Vegas-based Premier Mortgage Lending, homeownership may be a dream many have given up on.
“In recent years, many families have chosen (or perhaps been forced) into a change of circumstance by renting – rather than owning – a place to live. As a result, those families are missing out on much more than just the financial benefits of homeownership. They’re also missing many of the intangible aspects of owning a home that can literally be a game-changer for their family.
“Of course, the financial benefits of buying a home are many, and include such things as building equity, increasing your net worth, property value appreciation, tax benefits – and in some cities (like Las Vegas) it may even be cheaper than renting.
“But the lifestyle and emotional advantages that come along with owning a home are perhaps even more life-altering,” explains Piette.
For example, homeowners get to enjoy these benefits, too:
• It’s All Yours. That might sound simple, but there is real value in all the confidence that comes from being able to hammer a nail into your own wall. (Renters – are we right?) In fact, you can paint, make changes and improvements, have pets, plant a tree, and do a million other things to a home of your own that would never be possible in a rental property.
• Your Home and Family Gain Stability. Buying a home is a big step in settling down and putting down roots. Researchers find that not only do homeowners gain a sense of stability when they settle into their first home, but they also contribute to the stability of the neighborhood. Homeowners move less often than renters, and that allows both children and adults to forge stronger bonds of friendship with neighbors – that can often last a lifetime. Students don’t have to change schools as often, and the uncertainty of being at a landlord’s whim about whether or not a lease will be renewed – just vanishes.
• Stronger Community Ties are Developed. If you’re constantly moving from rental to rental, you don’t get to know your neighbors very well. But since most homeowners stay in their homes for longer periods of time, they’re more likely to form relationships and become more invested in their community as a whole. As a homeowner, you have a greater stake in your community – as well as the incentive to get to know what’s important to those in your area on a more intimate level.
• You Can Create Your Dream Home. As a renter, you’re basically living in somebody else’s home and are subject to their rules. Want to change the color of the living room? Better ask permission (and be prepared to return it to the original color when you move). Want to knock down a wall to make more space for your entertainment center? Nope. But in your own home, you can pick the furniture you want, change the drapes, redecorate and even redesign your entire living space exactly as you’ve always wanted. Buying your own home is the only way to make that dream come true.
“Those are only four non-financial reasons it’s important to pursue homeownership, and certainly there are many, many more,” continues Piette. “But if you have the belief or the mindset that owning a home is not an option for you, we’d like to ask you one simple question: “How do you know?”
“We ask that because statistics show that more than half of the people who aren’t sure if they’re qualified to obtain a mortgage loan never even ask the question. While we agree that’s a truly mind-boggling fact, it’s not hard to understand why – after the effects of The Great Recession took their toll – so many people make the assumption that their history, credit score, finances, or job situation would make them ineligible for home loan approval.
“At Premier Mortgage Lending – we know better. Because we’re a mortgage broker, we are able to work with a large network of lenders that offer loan programs to fit the needs of many different types of homebuyers,” he reveals. “Unlike a large bank or mortgage banker (who only sell their own loan products) – a broker has relationships with dozens of different lenders whose qualifying requirements can differ widely. So we’re able to cast a wider net on behalf of our clients to find a loan that will work best for them.”
Just a few of the loan options that Piette refers to include a true “No Fee Loan” program – that literally costs the buyer $0 in Loan Origination, Underwriting, Document, and Processing Fees; a “1% Down” program that helps buyers without a large down payment available, and private money financing through their Another Chance Nevada program – available to homebuyers as early as one day after a foreclosure or short sale.
“When you work with experienced Loan Officers like we have at Premier, you have an advocate on your side who can think outside the (check)box(es) to help you find your path from renting to owning a home,” adds Piette. “We’ve been helping Las Vegas residents achieve their “American Dream” for years. Isn’t it worth a phone call to find out if you and your family can enjoy all the benefits that come from living in a home of your own?”
To find out if you’re able to qualify for one of Premier Mortgage Lending’s many programs, call 702.485.6600.
Premier Mortgage Lending, NMLS #393282, is located at 701 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 125, Henderson, 89074. The full-service lender is a member of the Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, as well as an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.