Renting vs. Buying a Home

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Should You Buy or Rent a home, The Choice is Yours.
Lisa Jeanne Luco
COM/155
November 11, 2012
Megan Callahan

Should You Buy or Rent a home, The Choice is Yours.
Everyday someone is making the decision to move, whether it be across the country or a few blocks away. When you make the decision to move the next question that comes up is whether or not you should buy or rent a home. Careful consideration should be given when making this decision; carefully look at your finances and family situation. Buying a home should never be done lightly and if buying is too much for your family then perhaps renting is the option that you may want to consider. Take a look at the various options and no matter what you decide to do, buy or rent, the choice should suit your financial needs, location, your responsibilities, and family’s needs. Ask yourself if you have the money to buy a home or do you simply rent? When buying a home, your mortgage payments stay the same for the life of the loan. There was a time when you needed to have 20% for the down payment and also have the money for the closing costs, but that isn’t the case anymore. There are different types of loans that will enable the average person to only need 3.5% down and 3.5% of the closing costs, the rest will figured into your loan amount. Anything that you do pay towards your new home is tax deductable. Now don’t forget to figure in property taxes and insurance, those are the items that can go up in price as time goes by. The best part about renting a home is that you only need to have the first and last month’s rent and perhaps a small deposit for keeping a dog or a cat. Some rents can go up every year, but the average is 5% every year. A very serious question to consider is whether or not you can live where you want to live and once that’s settled, then you might want to consider if you want to stay there. When buying a home you can live anywhere...
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