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Renting or Buying: Which is Better?

Are you debating whether you should buy or rent a home? Regardless, deciding on either option involves taking a significant financial step. Choosing the best option for you involves considering the benefits and disadvantages that apply to your current situation and future goals. Whether you are looking to become a homeowner or are more interested in renting, it is important to consider all angles before deciding on one route or the other.

Costs of Buying

There are a number of costs associated with purchasing a home rather than renting one. If you plan on buying a house, you will be responsible for several expenses, including:

  • Down payment.
  • Closing costs.
  • Monthly mortgage payments.
  • Monthly utility bills.
  • Insurance premiums.
  • Taxes on the property.
  • Remodeling & property maintenance.

In many cases, individuals assume they should purchase a home because their financial state is improving rapidly or already in good condition. However, buying, and sometimes even selling a home, is not always the most financially savvy decision. Generally, it is recommended that individuals hold off on buying for five or more years – ideally – which affords less stress and greater savings.

Rental Expenses

When it comes to renting a home, the initial renting and yearly costs include security deposits, monthly rent payments, utilities, and renter’s insurance. For individuals who are not ready or willing to take on the financial responsibility of becoming a homeowner, renting is the more sensible option. If you are considering buying a home but are able to rent a home for a more affordable price, you will likely save a considerable amount of money in your first few years living there. However, you should also consider whether or not your rent rate will rise and how that will impact your yearly expenses.

What’s Best for You

Besides monthly and yearly expenses, there are other essential factors to account for, such as the steepness of utility costs for a home, the lack of appliances that come with a rental property, being responsible for lawn care after you buy, or the limited freedom that comes with renting. At the end of the day, however, the weight of the pros and cons in buying or renting a home depend on your individual preferences and circumstances.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.