What Are The Benefits of Owning Versus Renting Home?

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In this article, we will cover and discuss what are the benefits of owning versus renting home. Many renters believe you need a 20% down payment and great credit to own a home. This is not true. You can own a home with very little down payment or no down payment with prior bad credit and credit scores down to a 500 FICO. The age-old question when wanting to become a first-time homeowner. Do I purchase my home? Or do I find a rental to suit my tastes? If I do not buy a home now will I lose my chance in the future due to rising home prices? In the following paragraphs, we will cover and discuss owning versus renting home.

Frequently Asked Questions From Homebuyers

Interest rates were at historic lows but have been skyrocketing; would interest rates keep going up? Should I take advantage of today’s high rates and purchase a home or will rates come down? How much money do I need to purchase a home? Can I afford a home? Having been on both sides of the argument in the past 2 years, I can speak from experience and give both the pros and cons of each decision. We will also cover how to qualify for a mortgage for first-time homebuyers as well as buyers with bad credit.  Gustan Cho Associates are experts in helping renters become homeowners.

What Are The Advantages of Owning Versus Renting Home?

Pros:  The main pro of owning your own home is having the ability to do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it, and how you want without getting permission from your landlord or property management company. This could mean painting your powder room that lovely shade of chartreuse you have always envisioned. Or planting 3 dozen rose bushes on your front lawn. Or having that EDM dance party at 2 am. Or constructing the Taj Mahal of swing sets for your little ones. Basically, since you are making that mortgage payment, please feel free to treat your house however you’d like.

What Are The Tax Advantages of Owning Versus Renting Home?

Another benefit of owning versus renting home, is by owning your residence is the ability for tax deductions. If you itemize your deductions, you are able to count the interest paid on your mortgage as a deduction as well as the property tax. Another tax deduction can be had if you work from home and have a dedicated home office. For this space, you can take an allocation of the mortgage and utilities as a deduction as well. As always, please check with a tax professional when claiming this deduction as it is under high scrutiny from the IRS.

Negatives Of Owning Versus Renting Home

Cons: Gone are the days of the unbelievable appreciation in real estate values as that bubble has long since burst. If you are looking at a home as a quick investment, I would strongly discourage this mentality. Realize and know that appreciation in value will probably follow inflation or slightly higher rates, but not the double-digit increases of years past. Another downside to owning is the “you break it, you buy it” rule. If something like an appliance should break, it will be on you to make the necessary repairs and get the items back to working order If not planned for properly, spending $4,000 on a new furnace and AC unit, might hit you pretty hard!

Should I Rent or Buy a Home?

Pros And Cons Of Buying Versus Renting House

Pros: The ability to be selective and choose a location that is to your liking is the main positive of renting. After a year or two, if you don’t like where you are living, you can just pack up and move somewhere else. As your taste and desires change, you can change where you live. Another good reason to rent is it is favorable to individuals with bad credit. Most of the time your credit will be pulled prior to moving in, but as long as you have the first month’s rent and security deposit, more than likely, you will get the place.

What Are The Advantages of Renting Versus Owning a Home?

In doing so, you can start putting together a history of recurring monthly payments which will assist you when looking to purchase a home in the future as it shows creditworthiness. A final reason is maintenance is normally included in your rental. Should an appliance or something with the home/apartment/condo fail, it is the owner’s responsibility to bring it back to working order in a timely fashion.

What Are The Disadvantages of Renting a Home?

Cons: If you live in a location where the rent can fluctuate, you may not have control or the additional funds should your rent increase past your budget. Rents can substantially go up year after year. In this case, you would have minimal time to find a new place to go and move out. If renting a home you might be subject to the owner not wanting to renew your lease/rental agreement. If you own a home, the principal and interest remain the same for the 30-year term of the loan. The only increases are the property taxes and homeowners insurance which are nominal increases.

Can The Landlord Sell The House I Am Renting?

The landlord can sell the home. If the landlord sells the house you are renting, it may be leaving you homeless and with minimal time to move out. Another downside to renting is not having the freedom to decorate or make changes to the place you are living. I know from experience, my old landlord wanted to keep the walls in her townhouse tan, and if I were to change the color, I would need to paint it back prior to leaving. However, how was I going to do this if there wasn’t adequate paint left? I had to match the color exactly and it was up to me to get it back to normal.

What Are The Pros Versus Cons of Owning Versus Renting Home

In closing, there are both pros and cons for each situation, and ultimately it is up to you how you wish to proceed. When my credit was less than stellar, renting really helped me out as I was able to show 2.5 years of monthly rent payments made on time. However, it came to that day when I wanted to be a homeowner again and that is where I am at today. Before you make a decision, make sure you do your research and ultimately do what is best for you!

In Conclusion on Owning Versus Renting Home

Michael Gracz is the National Sales Manager and contributing editor for Gustan Cho Mortgage And Real Estate Information Center.

Michael Gracz is the author of owning versus renting home. Mike is the National Sales Manager and contributing editor for Gustan Cho Mortgage And Real Estate Information Center. Mike is producing a loan officer and has been a career mortgage banker. Mike has helped thousands of clients in not just doing their home loans but has been a trusted advisor to all of his clients in areas of financial planning, investments, tax advice, and financing. Due to the complexity of the mortgage lending business, Mike believes that knowledge is a must. He is always on top of new mortgage guidelines. The management and team of Gustan Cho Associates are extremely proud and blessed to have a rising star like Mike Gracz become a member of our growing company.

This blog on Owning Versus Renting Home was updated on August 1st, 2022.