Sometimes we just need the change for another reason. Whatever the purpose, the pros and cons of renting vs. buying a home should be carefully thought out so money is spent wisely and your future is protected.
Ask yourself a few important questions as you go through the process of deciding.
Do You Intend To Move Again?
Unless you can predict the future, it may be hard to say for sure if you’ll be moving again soon. In that case, renting or buying could both be options.
If, however, you know within the next couple of years you will have to move again, renting might be the better solution for now.
You won’t be tied to a mortgage or have to go through the hassle of selling your home when it’s time for the next move.
On the other hand, knowing you’ll be able to settle down for several years makes buying ideal. Rental money doesn’t get invested into a property the way buying your home will.
As long as you’re paying on your mortgage and creating equity, a benefit of not moving often would be buying a home.
Can You Afford a Down Payment?
If you’re considering buying a home, many loans are available which offer different types of down payments. The best way to find your ideal loan is to speak with a knowledgeable home lender who can gather your information and match you with the best loan options.
Renting will be a better option if you find the down payments are too high or you can’t get the mortgage payment low enough. Keep in mind, as a renter you’ll be responsible for some up-front costs (such as security deposits.)
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Are You Prepared for the upkeep of Home Ownership?
With home ownership comes maintenance and repairs, and with that comes a lot of spending and headaches. You may enjoy using your skills in this area, and if so that makes you a great fit for home ownership.
On the other hand, if the thought of having to unclog a drain or call a plumber isn’t your cup of tea, then renting will suit you better.
When renting, problems such as leaky faucets and broken appliances get repaired by the landlord. No money out of pocket for you! You can also add these terms and conditions to your lease and rental agreement.
If you don’t know how to compose a legal contract, you can learn more here and find answers to your every query. Consider that when making your list of the pros and cons of renting vs. buying a home.
Whatever you decide, remember: a house is a building, whether rented or purchased. It’s the people that make it a home. Buying vs. renting is a big decision but can always be changed down the road should your circumstances change.
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