Buying versus Renting
August 17, 2012
There are many advantages to buying a home versus renting one. View these advantages in the Buy vs. Rent Comparison Chart, or view a financial comparison of buying versus renting in the Buy vs. Rent Calculator.
Your income, savings, and monthly expenses play an important role in determining how large a mortgage you can afford. To figure out the amount you can afford, please click Affordability.
Savings: Buying a Home
In many cases, the amount of money a renter spends on rent can be about the same as or less than the amount a homeowner spends on a mortgage. With the tax benefit for homeowners, the savings can be significant.
Buy vs. Rent Comparison
The chart below shows a cost comparison for a renter and a homeowner over a seven year period.
- The renter starts out paying $800 per month with annual increases of 5%
- The homeowner purchases a home for $110,000 and pays a monthly mortgage of $1,000
- After 6 years, the homeowner’s payment is lower than the renter’s monthly payment
- With the tax savings of homeownership, the homeowner’s payment is less than the rental payment after 3 years
After Tax Savings
After Tax Savings
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Monthly Expenses: Buying a Home
Your rental company takes part of your rent payment to cover certain housing expenses. When you decide to purchase a home, you accept responsibility for paying for these expenses (listed below). They are additional costs to your monthly mortgage payment and should be included in your budget estimates:
- Property Taxes and Special Assessments
- Home/Hazard Insurance
- Home Owner Association (HOA) Fee: Doesn’t apply to all purchases. It pays for trash and snow removal and maintenance of common grounds if applicable.
- Membership Fee: It may pay for recreational facilities and other services (cable TV).