you buy or rent a home? The common theory
is that owning your home is cheaper then
renting a home or apartment.. True or False?
DESPITE WHAT YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT
TELLS YOU OR WHAT YOU SEE ON TV, PRICES
MAY GO LOWER OR... THEY MAY GO UP.
IT DEPENDS ON NUMEROUS FACTORS -
NONE OF WHICH ARE GUARANTEED. DO
YOUR OWN HOMEWORK, MAKE YOUR OWN
It depends on a
number of factors, the most important
being the total cost of buying vs. the cost of
renting the same or similar home. Local Market
conditions determine price while your
personal needs and goals also come into play.
Questions about Owing vs Renting
How long do intend to live in the
Your family status - are you
single, married (with children or
planning to have)
What is the local market
conditions - for both
renting and buying.
would you buy vs rent ?
you looking at it is an investment
for yourself (move in, then sell
in a few years)
you looking at it as an investment
to buy an rent to someone else -
now (and you use later) or later
(and you use now)?
status- are you comfortable
in your job - stability no
TO RENT - Indicators
can it be cheaper to rent vs
Carrying Costs are costs
associated with financially
maintaining a property. Costs
typically INCREASE each year or so
should the amount you allocate for
future costs. The include but are
not limited to:
(Gas or Oil, Electric, Water,
Sewer, Garbage, Cable /
Internet) Note: Some of these
costs may be absorbed by a
landlord in their lease. You
can always ask for a
"gross" lease. Gross
means everything included.
or Association Dues (if a
condo or association managed)
Fees, Permits etc
larger the home, generally the greater the
carrying costs, giving you, the renter,
more power in getting the best deal. IT
NEVER HURTS to offer LESS then the asking
price - whether you rent or buy - unless
the market conditions are real hot.
should also find out WHY the home is on the market
for rent. Are there marital problems forcing them to
rent, a job transfer, death in the family etc. The
more you know, the greater your chances are of
getting the best deal - whether buying or