Here are some frequently cited reasons for buying a house:

  • You need a tax break. The mortgage interest deduction can make home ownership very appealing.  
  • You are not counting on price appreciation in the short term. 
  • You can afford the monthly payments. 
  • You plan to stay in the house long enough for the appreciation to cover your transaction costs. The costs of buying and selling a home include real estate commissions, lender fees and closing costs that can amount to more than 10 percent of the sales price. 
  • You prefer to be an owner rather than a renter.  
  • You can handle the maintenance expenses and headaches. 
  • You are not greatly concerned by dips in home values.