How do you know if it’s better to buy or rent a home? With so much to consider, this big life decision may seem overwhelming. However, as long as you focus on some key questions, you can make the best choice. Here are the questions to ask yourself if you’re trying to decide between renting and buying:
Buying a home is a commitment. If you have a clear plan for the future and are comfortable to stay in one place, home ownership might be a good option for you. Thinking in terms of a “5-year plan” is a good way to determine whether you should buy versus rent, because it takes approximately 5 years for a house to appreciate enough value to make up for the cost. Also, mortgages often have fixed terms that will penalize you for paying off or breaking contract early.
Renting gives you more freedom to move around and change your mind in the future. Most rental agreements are for a year or less and some even allow month-to-month commitments. If you do not want to stay in one geographical area for the long term, renting is a good idea. It’s also simpler if you decide or need to make a career change requiring relocation.
Home ownership has amazing benefits. However, it’s important to consider which of those benefits matters the most to you in your situation. A good question to ask yourself is what specifically about owning a home appeals to you. Do you want complete autonomy over things like design, landscaping and maintenance? If so, buying will be better than renting for you. If you are looking for a sense of permanence and the ability to truly make a space your own, ownership will also provide you with those benefits over renting.
These are just a few things to think about when deciding between renting or owning a home. Weigh your options and ask yourself these questions in order to make the best choice.
I have been selling Real Estate in the Greater Boston Area since 1997. I am the Co-Founder & Current Broker/Owner of Realty Executives in Watertown. A lifelong resident of Watertown which I still reside with my Wife Debra and my Twins Emily & Christopher. I am a supporter of many local & national charities. One of my most rewarding fundraisers was as a rider in the PanMass Challenge in 2010,2011,2015 & 2016 raising over $50,000 over those 4 years for the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund. I am a 1988 Graduate of Bentley University in Waltham. I have extensive knowledge of all types of Real Estate participating in over 1000 transactions. I also have New Construction experience & specialize in condo conversions.
Purchasing a home is one of the single most important investments in a person's life. With my expertise and guidance in the home buying and selling process, I can help find the most appropriate home for you. You can be assured that an experienced Real Estate Professional is working with your interests in mind. Please contact me on my cell at 617-799-8948 for a free consult if you are thinking of Buying or Selling your home.