House prices are low and mortgage rates are too, many say it is time to buy a home. But in an upside down real estate market, is it really more cost-effective to own as opposed to renting? Interest rates are lower, house prices are down, but it's also harder to get financed.
Many renters at Abberly Place, outside Raleigh, have gotten out of a mortgage. Others are renting so they are not tied down to such a large amount every month.
Whether you should rent or buy depends on many factors, like how long you plan to stay in your home. Some experts will tell you buying is better than renting only if you plan to be in your house more than five years.
If you don't need the tax help, which is minimal, you may want to rent. Most of the time, and always at Abberly Place, Apartments in Garner, NC, the landlord will fix a kitchen sink which saves the renter out of pocket money.
Here's one pro and con breakdown:
Pros to Buying a House:
- if it has been a goal for awhile then there's the emotional satisfaction of owning your own home.
- It builds equity, (but it takes awhile).
- You can get a tax break if you deduct your mortgage interest and your property taxes.
- Homeowners have to pay property taxes
- Homeowners have to pay for maintenance and upkeep.
- There's less flexibility if you decide to move.
- Down payments are often 20% of the purchase price (if you want to avoid mortgage insurance). That's money that could have been invested elsewhere.
Buying at today's prices doesn't necessarily mean your house will be worth more in a couple of years. Whether it's worth the risk to buy is something each person needs to figure out for their unique situation.
Original article - WKRG