The decision to rent or buy a home depends on a number of factors. The speed at which home prices and rents rise and the length of time you anticipate remaining in your home or rental are key considerations. Costs are also something to strongly consider when making the decision to rent or buy. Read about the four types of costs you should take into consideration and what they mean.
When buying a home, these costs are the costs you incur when closing. These include the down payment and closing costs, which can go toward the principle balance you owe on your home. When renting, these costs can be the deposit and/or broker’s fees, which you may or may not ever see again.
As a homeowner, these include mortgage payments, association fees, renovations, maintenance, taxes and insurance. For a renter, these include rent and insurance. Although the yearly costs of homeownership can be substantially higher, these costs could be considered an investment, as the money you put in to your home could potentially be returned to you, or even grow, upon a sale.
Lost opportunity costs
For the homeowner, these are tracked for the yearly costs and the initial purchase costs. The latter can give the homeowner insight into how much could have been made had the down payment been invested instead of used towards the purchase of the home.
For the homeowner, these costs are incurred once the closing process begins. This includes fees and brokers’ commissions, as well as the remaining principal balance still owed. For the renter, these do not come into play, although there is no guarantee that all earnest deposit money will be returned.