Monday, May 2, 2016 / by Sonya McVeay
BUYING VS RENTING A HOUSE
Buying vs. renting your home
Is now the right time for you to buy a home? You have many options to consider and choices to make. Buying a home is a big responsibility, financially and emotionally,but, most people want to own a home.
Home ownership often is referred to as "the American dream." Why is it so special?Among the reasons: Real estate often is an excellent investment,perhaps the number one source of wealth building for families.Owning a home has many benefits. When you make a mortgage payment, you are building equity and that's an investment.
Owning a home also qualifies you for tax benefits that may assist you in dealing with your new financial responsibilities such as homeowners' insurance, real estate taxes, and upkeep, which can be substantial. But given the freedom, stability, and security of owning your own home, they are definitely worth it! Owning your own home also can be a great source of pride and stability. But home ownership may not be for everyone. It's a big financial commitment starting with the initial shock of your purchase (including a "down payment" and fees paid to a real estate agent, the lender and others) followed by years of monthly mortgage payments, real estate taxes, property insurance, and maintenance costs. When you
decide to purchase a home, you accept responsibility for paying for these expenses.
One of the advantages of renting is being generally free of most maintenance responsibilities and the flexibility of moving almost as soon as you decide. But by renting, you lose the chance to build equity, take advantage of tax benefits, and protect yourself against rent increases. Also, you may not be free to decorate without permission and may be at the mercy
of the landlord for your housing needs.