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Cash for homeowner

6/8/2011

You might think that a person who pays cash doesn't have many concerns or at least not the same ones as most people.  Roughly, about 9% of people paid cash for their home last year with a considerably higher percentage paying cash this year. 

The first question that comes to mind when I hear someone say they want to pay cash for a home is "Do you think that you might put a loan on the home in the future?"  Paying cash may affect your ability to deduct the interest on a mortgage placed on the home at a later date.

Currently, a homeowner may deduct the interest on up to $1 million of acquisition debt.  Paying cash for a home establishes acquisition debt at $0.  At that point, the only deductible interest would be home equity debt which is limited to $100,000 over acquisition debt.  You can get more information about this from IRS Publication 936.

On the surface, paying cash certainly seems simple but it may have consequences later.  As a Residential Finance Consultant, I can point out the areas when advice from a tax professional is in order.

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