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Jim Anderson

Broker Associate

Renting vs. Buying ... the numbers


Renting vs. Buying ... the numbers!

Here's a simple example showing the cost to rent and the cost to own.  See for yourself, but in 3 years you are ahead $384 after taxes.








Advantages to Owning Your Own Home

There are many personal and financial benefits to owning your own home, including:


You will have a place of your own

Homeownership gives you a sense of independence, privacy, and security. The satisfaction of a place you can call your own truly is priceless. Your own home is a place to raise your family and be a part of your community and it can be passed down to provide security for your children, grandchildren, and future generations.


It can cost less than renting

Homeowners see substantial tax savings through federal income tax deductions on property taxes and mortgage interest. See the chart above, as an example. These tax savings partially reduce, or offset, the actual cost of owning your home. These tax savings are not available if you rent an apartment or house. Why Rent Why You Can Buy?


Your monthly payments can be fixed

If you choose a fixed-rate mortgage (one that stays the same for the life of the loan) when you buy your home, you will have the same mortgage payment each month.


Buying a home is a good long-term investment.

Real estate continues to be a solid long-term investment for most households providing wealth accumulation especially for those who keep the home for a typical holding period of six to 10 years. Housing generally provides steady returns unaffected by volatile movements in the stock market.


You can build equity

Owning a home is the single greatest source of financial security and independence for many people. You can expect to build equity as the value of your home appreciates steadily over time ─ as a result of any improvements you make, the strength of the local economy and other factors.





Buying a home may be the most important transaction of a lifetime. A REALTOR® will help you make sure you're choosing the right home for your family and making a wise investment.


Here are 10 ways we can help you buy a home or property:

1. Determine your buying power and criteria

2. Research available properties in your market via many resources such as the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and a broad network of REALTORS®--even if you are locating to another city

3. Show you properties that meet your specific criteria

4. Give you objective information about each property

5. Negotiate a price that fits your budget

6.H elp you understand different financing options and identify qualified lenders

7. Provide up-to-date information on property values, real estate taxes, utility costs, municipal services and facilities, and local zoning changes

8. Recommend home inspection services to help analyze the structure and condition of the home

9. Understand the complex paperwork and steps for the purchasing process

10. Serve as your advisor from "offer through closing"