|Advantages of Owning||Disadvantages of Renting|
|Taxes||Your mortgage interest payments are fully tax deductible.||You cannot deduct rent payments from your income tax.|
|Control||You are your own landlord. No one can tell you when you have to sell or move.||You are always subject to the lease. And you'll usually pay higher rent every year.|
|Equity||Like "forced savings," equity helps you easily accumulate tangible value.||There is no equity in renting; you are essentially throwing away your money.|
|Appreciation||Appreciation in value is the norm in real estate. As an owner, you benefit.||Only landlords benefit from appreciation in value—not tenants.|
|The Personal Touch||You choose the features and colors that you want.||You must live with someone else's colors and choices.|
|Improvements||You reap the benefits from any addition or improvments.||The landlord benefits from your work and costly improvements.|
|Pride||Owning something real is a source of pride for you and your family.||If you don't own where you live, you're not investing in your future.|
From intangibles like peace of mind to real bottom-line savings, the advantages of owning a new Ryan home are many.
There's no way around it: moving is a lot of work. But if you put some effort into these proven ways to make your current home room appealing to potential buyers, you might make things easier on yourself in the long run.
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Time to eliminate all those little annoyances you've been putting up with. Don't give potential buyers even the smallest opening to a negative thought.
If you regularly keep your house clean and bright, give it a good once-over. If you don't, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and have at it. It'll pay off.
Go outside, walk to the front edge of your property, and take a good long look back at your house. Does the house invite you in?
Walk through your home pretending you're the potential buyer. Linger in the doorway of each room and try to see your house as if for the first time.
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