Everything regarding the Industry of real estate is rising, especially home prices and interest rates. But the real question that you must ask yourself is that which would be better for you, to rent or buy your next property? There are different aspects that you need to put into consideration if it is better to rent or buy. One of the most important factors would be how long are you planning to stay in that specific property, how high is your credit score and income now? How about we take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages to this very common question.
Regardless of what you might hear, there are many benefits to home ownership. Always put into consideration that the value of your home can increase through time which makes it a proper investment regardless if you are planning to keep the property or not in the long run. To most people, having a home to yourself and not having to deal with a landlord is a blessing of its own. You can choose to renovate and change up your own house in your own way without having to think about when the contract might finish or not. The disadvantages of buying your own property is knowing enough that you are responsible for all that needs to be repaired and that is not an easy thing to keep in mind so you will be watching out for everything and being alert knowing your next fall can be costly to the property. When purchasing a house you might require a chunk for the down payment to be paid which would make it harder for you to qualify for any kind of insurance for the mortgage or even property taxes.
Renting makes life easier and much more sense for many people. For example, you can be living alone in a nice area where the home prices are too high for your budget so it would be better off renting a one-bedroom location that is the logical choice for that person obviously not including his/her occupation and preferences.
The best advantages of renting is knowing that the repairs are not on you but rather part of the deal and knowing that it would be easy to relocate if there are any problems to arise. But the disadvantages of renting are actually more annoying than you think because it’s like you are living in someone else’s home knowing that you can’t make any long-term adjustments and at the same time you earn no return on your payments as monthly rates are rapidly increasing. Most people don’t have this knowledge but renting doesn’t help with your credit score either and knowing that the homeowner is just renting the place to others, they aren’t so motivated to make changes to the house unless it’s necessary.
To most people who have the money to afford buying a house, they know in the long run that buying their home will become an investment and that it would be cheaper to purchase the home now rather than renting and sending away rent money that you can be using elsewhere productively. But to others who cannot afford buying a house at the moment, renting to them would obviously be cheaper than purchasing anything at the moment. Just put into consideration which one might fit your lifestyle the best such as:
RENTING WOULD BE BEST IF:
- Planning to live in the same area for less than two years
- Planning to maintain flexibility and mobility
- Working on repairing past credit history
- Planning to save money for a proper down payment
BUYING WOULD BE BEST IF:
- Planning to live in the same area for more than two years
- Wanting to build investment equity through time
- Looking for better ways for tax deduction
- Having the feeling of stability
The real answer to this question of having to buy or rent is actually quite easier than you can imagine. It comes down to five questions that you need to ask yourself for making such a difficult decision which are:
- The time that you plan to stay in the future home?
- Do you want something to be stable or something to remain flexible?
- What can you afford and what does your budget help with?
- Can you currently afford to be responsible for home repairs if you plan to purchase the house?
- What is your career path and what are your family goals?
But when it comes to rental properties you need to remember that it requires a security deposit just in case of damages and ability to assure the person renting won’t bail under any circumstances without having to pay upfront as well. Just put into consideration about the location of property as well as the location of your workspace or schools if children are involved.
In conclusion, try to consider all the places that you have chosen to rent in the past, For each place that you have lived, try to make a list of the things that you didn’t really enjoy about the place or the service of the landlord so that you won’t have to put up with the same issues again. Although there are some renters who actually don’t have to ask and do what they need to regardless if they are renting long-term or short-term because some people just can’t handle staying in a place and having to wait for someone else to change it for them. But when you have your own place and you are not renting, then obviously you can do what you want when you want without having to put up with anyone or dealing with anyone about your own personal matters in the household.
Mohamed El Zaafarany is a digital marketing consultant with interests in the travel and real estate industries who loves to connect businesses with their target audiences.