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Thinking About Renting Versus Buying - Intangibles

by Debra Engel 05/26/2019

Dollar for dollar, you might determine that in this year, at this time, buying might be more to your advantage than renting. Alternatively, the numbers may show the opposite: that renting will save you money this year over buying. Given the conventional wisdom that buying is better on the one hand with your bottom line on the other, how do you decide?

The tangibles or the intangibles

Take the example of two identical homes in the same neighborhood. One is for rent, and the other is for sale. Do you choose to rent or to buy?

If tangibly (things you can accurately calculate) the dollars show that renting is less financial outgo (bottom line) than buying, you may choose to rent. However, buying might offset these tangibles with intangibles such as pride of ownership, the ability to make changes and upgrades, or the stability that comes with a fixed mortgage payment.

On the other hand, it might be that dollar for dollar, it would be less expensive for you to buy the home. In that case, is buying always the right decision? That depends. If you are new to an area, you may not be sure that this is the neighborhood for you. Renting for six months or a year gives you an out should you decide that you do not like it there. Perhaps the school does not have the right programs for your child, or you find the commute is too long to your place of work. Until you experience them, you may not be able to determine how these intangibles might affect you. 

Another intangible is flexibility. If you are nearing starting a family, or conversely of becoming empty-nesters, locking down a home via purchase might not be the best choice, because you will have more options in just a year or two. Moreover, if you need to move, repeatedly buying and selling homes produces extra costs in addition to the down payment that you would not have as a renter that needs to move. These include broker and agent fees and closing costs.

Of course, as a renter, you always should prepare for the possibility of your rent increasing with each rental contract or lease. Also, your property owner could decide not to renew your lease for any number of reasons, so you may need to calculate the cost of moving every year or two as well.

Before taking the leap into home ownership or determining to stay in the rental market, talk with a financial professional to determine which scenario best meets your current and future needs.

About the Author
Author

Debra Engel

  

Through her commitment to excellence and personal service Debra has become a highly regarded Realtor with RE/MAX. Debra is familiar with the residential resale markets throughout her area. She has the knowledge, resources, and expertise to market your home effectively, and to help you choose the right neighborhood for you and your family.

Debra believes that real estate is much more than simply buying or selling a home. To her, a key element of real estate is developing relationships and building trust with her clients. When you meet Debra you will quickly realize you have gained a true friend! She knows how to listen and always puts the needs and wants of her clients first. Debra truly enjoys working with her clients and helping them through the process of buying or selling a home.

Whether your move is up sizing or downsizing or changing cities, Debra and her staff are dedicated to listening to your needs and to serving you with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. Perhaps it is this commitment to personal service that keeps her clients coming back time after time and recommending Debra to their friends and family. 

She has completed her SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), CIAS (Certified Investor Agent Specialist), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and SFR (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource). 

Her latest accomplishment in 2018 is she joined the RE/MAX Hall of Fame of which she takes much pride in.