Why Rent If You Can Buy

Why Rent If You Can Buy

Home ownership rates are the lowest they have been in the last 50 years.  Yet a large portion of Americans are still renting properties, instead of enjoying a home of their own.  Consumer reports believe this is an issue because of a buyer's lack of trust in their ability to purchase.  It is still a long standing notion that a buyer needs 20% down towards the cost of the home in order to move forward, but this isn't true.  With countless down payment assistance programs, and closing cost roll-ins, a home owner could move in with as little as a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars.  Which is a huge difference in the time it takes to save up to make the move.

With interest rates at an all time low, home ownership in today's market is a great investment. The money saved over a mortgage's lifespan can result in tens of thousand of dollars, if not hundreds.  That's more money in your pocket today. Don't wait to buy when interest rates soar again. With low interest rates, that means your monthly mortgage payments are at a significantly lower cost, as well. With such a heated housing market, rental prices are soaring, and statistics are constantly showing that home ownership can be equivalent to your rental rate each month, if not less. Why get stuck in a small 2 bedroom apartment, if you can move into a home and pay a monthly rate that is the same, and gets a 3 bedroom house with a great backyard?

There is also a fear that a home can keep you "stuck" or "rooted" to one place, without an easy transition out if you decide to move.  Although the future of the housing market isn't easily predictable from location to location, you can always discuss with your Realtor  about buying a home in an area that has a strong turn-over rate when a home hits the market.  The equity build up when it comes time to sell is going to be far more beneficial, than if you put money into a rental and decided to move. The money from selling the property can be used to purchase a new home.  With renting, there would be no additional funds to transition into a new place.

Now imagine if you were renting a home for $2000/month. If your landlord is renting to make a profit, think home much less you'd be paying on a monthly basis towards your mortgage, if the home was yours.  Then you wouldn't be paying a landlord to profit off of you, you'd be paying a reasonable rate, and get to call the property your own.  I'm happy to discuss your options and recommend a lender to work with you on the steps to home ownership.  You might be happily surprised about the type of home you can afford to move into.

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Phone: 203-252-8327
Dated: June 15th 2017
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