The question of should I rent or buy a home has been around forever. With rent prices rising, now is the perfect time to reconsider your housing options and figure out if owning is cheaper than renting.
The first thing you need to decide is how long you’re planning on living somewhere. If you only intend to stay for a year, renting is usually the better option. Renting has upfront costs that are lower than a down payment to buy a house and you often receive this money back when you’re finished renting. Buying a home requires a down payment, which is a certain percentage of the sale price or home’s value.
Also be sure to consider the benefit of stable monthly costs with a mortgage vs renting. Keep in mind with a mortgage, you can have the monthly cost fixed and it will be consistent until you have paid off the amount due. Often landlords will raise rents at the beginning of each year. This may be a small percentage raise, to hundreds of dollars added to what you initially thought you were going to pay.
If you are still wondering whether you should rent or buy, check out Mel Foster Co.’s rent vs. buy calculator. You can enter the price of the home with your expected interest rate and find out what your monthly payment will be. You can compare this to your monthly rent payment, and determine if buying a home would be a better solution for you.