As a home buyer in SLO you have tax benefits that will save you money every year. Your mortgage interest and real estate taxes are tax deductible and anyone with a mortgage can enjoy this tax benefit.
During the early years of the home mortgage, most of your monthly repayments go towards your interest, with little payment towards the capital. Tax benefits are therefore very useful for first-time home buyers, especially during the early years of acquiring the mortgage. The early part of your mortgage payment is primarily paying on the interest of your loan. This interest payment is fully tax deductible. As you pay more on the amortized home mortgage over a longer time frame, more of each monthly payment goes towards paying the principle, and less towards interest. This means that with time, you lose some of your interest write-off as your equity in the property increases.
It is important for you to note that you can take these tax deductions if you change from standard deduction, which all tax payers are entitled to, to itemized deductions. In the case where your itemize deductions, including home mortgage interest and property taxes, do not exceed the standard deduction amount, it is better for you to take standard deduction.
The following three components of your home mortgage are tax deductible:
1. Interest on your home mortgage
2. Property taxes
3. Loan points for a purchase mortgage fully deductible in the year that they are paid. It is noteworthy that in refinance, the points are written off in increments over the term of a home mortgage. (See my blog post on When to pay down points)
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