May 1, 2017 | Bob Myers

Bringing Home Your Tax Return

Bringing Home Your Tax Return

This  time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for  their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do  with the money? GO Banking Ratesrecently surveyed Americans and asked the question - “What do you plan on doing with your tax refund?”  The results of the survey were interesting. Here is what they plan to do with their money:

  • 41% - Put it into savings
  • 38% - Pay off debt
  • 11% - Go on a vacation
  • 5% - Make a major purchase (car, home, etc.)
  • 5% - Splurge on a purchase

Upon seeing the research, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) wondered if this could help with a constant challenge cited by many people who wish to purchase a home – saving for the down payment.In a recent post in NAR’s Economists’ Outlook Blog, they explained:
“With  a sizable tax refund, the average American would have a decent down  payment depending on which region or market you live in.”

They went on to add:
“Approximately  5 percent of all respondents indicated they would make a major purchase  which does not seem like a lot. However, there is a bigger group 41  percent who see saving the tax return is best and that group could be  potential homebuyers if they are not already.”
In other words, putting that money toward purchasing a home is a form of savings.

Bottom Line

When one considers that first-time home buyers in 2016 had an average down  payment of 6%, a decent tax return could go a long way toward the  necessary funds needed for a down payment on a house. Or perhaps, the  down payment needed by a son or daughter to make their homeownership  dream a reality. How are you going to spend your return?

My  team and I are real estate experts in Montgomery County and the  surrounding Metro area. When buying or selling a home, please consider  us your resource for all things real estate. If you need referrals for  obtaining a home loan or are refinancing, want a recommendation on a  home warranty, need a service or just have a home related question,  please give me a call at 301-910-9910 or email me at  bobmyersteam@gmail.com.


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