Should I be buying a home or renting? Many people ask themselves this question everyday. For some, it depends on their lifestyle, but generally, for many buying a home becomes the better answer to the question. In order to help you figure out that answer for yourself, let’s look at this is from why people do each: buying a home and renting.
Renting: Do you know you will have the same job over the next few years? Are you planning on staying in the area or moving? Can you find somewhere to rent that is less expensive than a mortgage payment? Do you prefer to let someone else do maintenance on your living space and have to wait for that maintenance appointment to be made by another person? Renting can be a plus. Generally there are lower up-front costs and more flexibility to move if necessary. The problem with renting, though, is you have no control over rent increases, your living space style, and you aren’t building any equity in the real estate property for you, and the landlord makes the rules.
Buying: Are you planning on staying in the area you live in for more than a few years? Do you want to build a real estate investment? Do you want to be in control of your living space – changing paint or even where walls are, planning maintenance appointments on your schedule? Do you need tax deductions? When you buy, you own the property and all the equity it has. That means you can borrow against that equity to improve the property. It’s yours so you can make any changes to it that appeal to your own personal sense of style. Ownership also gives you tax deductions against your income tax burden for both mortgage interest and your real estate taxes. That is a huge savings. Although the economy is taking a long time to improve, in some areas real estate is again gaining value instead of losing value.
You have to make the decision for yourself, but in the long run, buying a home is much better than renting a home.