Mortgage Versus Rent Payments

This BLOG On How Much More Will My New Payments On My Mortgage Versus Rent Payments Be Was Written By Gustan Cho

Most first time home buyers or those folks thinking about buying a home often wonder how much more will my new payments on my mortgage versus rent payments be. It is common to assume that mortgage versus rent payments will be higher but that is not always the case. There are many instances where mortgage versus rent payments are lower or the same. Another misconception many first time home buyers have is that you need good credit and a large down payment to purchase a home. The most common first time home buyer question is How Much Money Do I Need To Purchase A Home? Here is the answer to this most commonly asked question by first time home buyers:

  • There are two types of costs involved for home buyers
  • Down Payment
  • Closing Costs
  • FHA requires 3.5% down payment on a home purchase
  • Conventional Loan Programs require 3% down payment for first time home buyers
  • VA Loans and USDA Loans do not require any money down and offers 100% Financing
  • Most home buyers do not have to worry about closing costs because closing costs are often covered by sellers concessions by the home seller to cover most or all of the home buyers closing costs. In the event if the home seller will not give a sellers concession or the the home buyer is short of sellers concessions to cover their closing costs, the home buyer can get a lender credit to cover all of the closing costs in lieu of a slightly higher mortgage interest rate

Advantages Of Mortgage Versus Rent Payments

One of the great advantages of mortgage versus rent payments is that with every mortgage versus rent payments you make, part of that monthly mortgage payment will go to pay down your principal of your mortgage balance. Most mortgage borrowers have either a 30 year or 15 year fixed rate mortgage loan. Once you pay your monthly mortgage payment for the term of your mortgage loan term, your home is paid off and it is free and clear. If you are paying rent, you are helping your landlord pay down his or her mortgage loan balance and you do not have any equity on the rental home you are making your rent payments. Plus the interest payments on your mortgage payments is tax deductible whereas your rental payments are not. There are many advantages of mortgage versus rent payments. Buying Versus Renting does offer many advantages depending on your lifestyle. If you are constantly getting transferred from one place to another due to your career, maybe home ownership may not be for you. However, if you are settled in a particular area where you like the location and plan on staying there for a few year, you should definitely consider buying a home versus renting.

How Much More Money Do I Need To Buy Versus Rent?

Before considering mortgage versus rent payments, first time home buyers have a more important question. How Much More Money Do I Need To Buy A Home Versus Renting? Remember the down payment requirements on a home purchase. Also, note that most home buyers do not have to worry about closing costs before of sellers concessions and lender credit which your loan officer and/or real estate agent will explain to you so the bottom line is just to worry about the down payment. We will compare and contrast a $150,000 home purchase for a family on the cost of the down payment versus a security deposit:

  • Renting a home will require a security deposit
  • Security deposit normally will consist of first month rent, last month rent.
  • You also need to come up with the first month’s rent
  • So if your lease is $1,500 per month, your first month’s rent plus your last month rent plus security deposit is $3,000. You then have to add your first month’s rent when you get the keys. Your security deposit is refundable once your lease is up and the property is cleaned and no damages are done to the property. Total cash out of pocket is $4,500 on a $150,000 value rental
  • Lets take a case scenario on an Illinois home purchase. With a $150,000 FHA home purchase, you will need 3.5% of the $150,000 home purchase price. On this example, say you get a 3% sellers concession towards your closing costs so you do not incur any closing costs
  • Lets say that you are pre-approved. You will probably have to give the sellers real estate agent a $1,000 earnest money check which will be held in escrow
  • You will need to show your lender that you have 3.5% of the $150,000 or $5,250 for the down payment. The down payment can be gifted. The $1,000 earnest money will be deducted from the $5,250 so the balance you need to show in assets is $4,250
  • Lets assume for math reasons that closing costs are $4,500 and the 3% sellers concession of $150,000 is $4,500 so all closing costs are covered on this home purchase transaction
  • In the state of Illinois, property taxes are paid one year in arrears so lets assume the property taxes on the above subject property is $3,600 per year. The borrower will get a property tax credit proration of $3,600 where the borrower can use it for the down payment
  • The down payment required on this transaction is $5,250 less $3,600 which is $1,650
  • The total cash to close for this borrower is $1,650 to purchase this $150,000 home in Illinois
  • If the borrower were to purchase a home out of Illinois where there are no property tax proration credit, the borrower will need to come up with just the down payment of $5,250
  • This is a perfect example on how much money is required to purchase a $150,000 home versus renting with security deposit and first month rent
  • On another note, if the borrower were to close this home in January, the borrower will skip the February mortgage payment and the first payment will be due in March. Payment is due on the first of the month and the borrower has a grace period until the 15th of the month

Mortgage Versus Rent Payments On The Above $150,000 FHA Home Purchase Scenario

Now lets figure out the new mortgage versus rent payments on the above case scenario:

  • Purhase Price $150,000
  • 3.5% down payment is 5,250
  • Mortgage Loan of $144,750
  • Upfront FHA One Time Mortgage Insurance Of $2,533 rolled into the FHA Loan Balance
  • Total FHA Loan of 96.5% of purchase price plus FHA UFMIP of $2,533 equals $147,283
  • Principal and Interest Payments at a mortgage rate of 4.0% on a 30 year fixed rate FHA Loan, the monthly principal and interest payment equals $703,15
  • FHA annual mortgage insurance premium of 0.85% is $1,257,90 divided by 12 is $104.32
  • Annual Property Taxes of $3,600 needs to be divided by 12 which is $300,00
  • Lets assume the homeowners insurance is $600 per year so that is $50,00 per month
  • If you add all of the line items above, the principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and mortgage insurance equals $1,157.47
  • On the above case scenario, purchasing a $150,000 home, the mortgage versus rent payments are substantially less

Homeowners will have more expenses than renters. Some of the expenses that homeowners will have that renters do not are the following:

  • Maintenance of home
  • Water bills
  • Reserves should be considered in the event if anything breaks down
  • Landscaping and plowing expenses
  • Scavenger service

All in all, home ownership versus renting should be considered for those currently renting and first time home buyers. To get pre-approved, please contact Gustan Cho at 262-716-8151 or email us at We are available 7 days a week, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

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