Buying Verses Renting a Home

When it comes to a home, you have two options: buy or rent. What is right for one person may not be right for another, which is why it’s important to know which is the best option for your individual situation.
Why People Rent Homes?
There are a number of reasons why someone may either choose or be forced to rent, including sporadic or unpredictable income, a high debt-to-income ratio, a bankruptcy or foreclosure within the last six months, unpaid collection accounts or judgements, frequent relocating for employment or the inability to save enough money for a required down payment on the purchase of a home.
Maintenance Matters
As a homeowner, you will be responsible for any maintenance or repair issures that arise. This is a big consideration when choosing whether to rent or buy. When you rent, the property owner is responsible for repairs and it may not always be obvious that these issues can be very costly.
How to Know When It’s Time to Buy
If you have a steady income with a good employment history, can provide a down payment of at least 5-10 percent of the purchase price and are current with all debts, it maybe time to consider buying a home instead of renting. In some cases, the cost of rent may even exceed that of a typical mortgage payment.
When deciding to buy, job stability is a big factor. If your job does not require frequent relocation and you plan to live in the home for a t least 5-10 years, you may want to consider making the purchase. If you need to relocate after that, you may have enough equity from the sale to use as a down payment on another home.
Home Buyer’s Checklist
If you can answer yes to the following questions, you may be ready for home ownership. Your Realtor can help you to find the perfect home based on your individual needs.
Have you been steadily employed for at least one year, but preferably two years?
Do you plan to live in the home long enough to build equity?
Can you provide a down payment and still have enough money left to pay for closing costs, utilities and home furnishings?
Are you current on all debts, including auto loans, credit cards, etc.
Is owning a home important to you?