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Wednesday, April 12, 2023   /   by Lance Kelehan


As a realtor, I'm often asked by clients whether it's better to buy or rent a home. The decision to buy or rent can have significant long-term financial implications, so it's important to carefully consider the costs and benefits of each option. Here are some factors to consider when comparing the costs and benefits of buying versus renting a home:

  1. Upfront costs: When buying a home, there are significant upfront costs, including a down payment, closing costs, and home inspection fees. Renting, on the other hand, typically only requires a security deposit and first month's rent.

  2. Monthly costs: When buying a home, monthly costs include mortgage payments, property taxes, homeowners insurance, and maintenance costs. Renting typically only includes rent and utilities.

  3. Equity and appreciation: When you buy a home, you build equity in the property, which can be a valuable long-term investment. Additionally, the value of the property may appreciate over time, further increasing its value. Renting, however, does not provide the opportunity to build equity or benefit from appreciation.

  4. Flexibility: Renting provides more flexibility in terms of being able to move to a new location more easily. Buying a home, however, is a more permanent commitment and may make it more difficult to move in the future.

  5. Tax benefits: Homeowners can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on their income taxes, which can provide significant tax benefits. Renters do not have the opportunity to take advantage of these tax benefits.

Ultimately, the decision to buy or rent a home will depend on individual circumstances and priorities. While buying a home can be a good long-term investment, it's important to consider the upfront costs and ongoing expenses associated with homeownership. Renting may be a better option for those who prioritize flexibility and don't want to commit to a long-term mortgage. As a realtor, I can help provide valuable insights and guidance to help clients make the best decision for their individual circumstances.


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