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Renting vs Owning

Which one makes more sense??

The choice between renting and buying a home is not just a financial decision but also a lifestyle one, influenced by career goals, family planning, and personal preferences. However, from a financial perspective, owning real estate is traditionally seen as a form of forced savings and an investment that can appreciate over time, potentially yielding significant returns.

Renting offers flexibility, fewer maintenance responsibilities, and minimal upfront costs compared to buying a home. It’s often the preferred choice for young adults and people who value mobility or are not yet financially ready to purchase a home. Renting also allows for fixed budgeting on housing costs, at least during the lease term, without the added expenses of home repairs and maintenance.

Buying a home, on the other hand, is a major financial commitment but can be a valuable asset in building long-term wealth. Homeownership locks in housing costs (in terms of principal and interest), provides tax advantages like mortgage interest deductions, and builds equity as the mortgage is paid down. Over time, if property values increase, homeowners can also benefit from capital appreciation.

The current situation of high home values and high interest rates makes it a challenge for young adults to be able to come up with a 15-20% down payment. It's been confirmed that we are currently in the least affordable housing market in decades. That's why renting in this environment can be the better option. Good Luck!!

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