Why Buy vs. Rent in Today’s Market

Buying is now cheaper than renting in the US

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The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report published by Trulia, shows that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. Of course this requires necessary down payment and closing costs. If you plan on being in an area (other than for a short period of time) it may be worthwhile to look into buying a home.

Since the recent housing bubble and slowdown we have seen home values appreciating, and that is good news for homeowners. Homeowner equity is increasing. CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 91,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2017. This is great news for the country, as 48.2 million of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation. Meaning risk continues to steadily decline as a result of increasing home prices.

Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. According to Pulsenomics study looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (29.2%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15.8%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Talk to me before you renew your lease again, find out if you can put your housing costs to work by buying this year!

Joe Schutt

Committed to representing your interests with the highest level of integrity, I am dedicated to service excellence focused on personal attention and building a solid trust relationship. I listen carefully and make my clients feel comfortable in exploring their full range of real estate options and then encourage them to relax and rely on my expertise to insure that the details run smoothly and efficiently. Google+

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Homeownership’s Impact on Net Worth

Homeownership's Impact on WorthThe average homeowner has a net worth of $174,500 while the average net worth of a renter is $5,100 according to a study by the Federal Reserve. Wow!

Homeownership’s Impact on Net Worth

www.keepingcurrentmatters.com • Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build wealth. A study by… More

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Buying vs Renting In Boston

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When it comes to a home, you have two options: buy or rent. What is right for one person may not be right for another, which is why it’s important to know which is the best option for your individual situation.

Buying vs Renting In Boston: Why People Rent

There are a number of reasons why someone may either choose or be forced to rent, including sporadic or unpredictable income, a high debt-to-income ratio, a bankruptcy or foreclosure within the last six months, unpaid collection accounts or judgments, frequent relocating for employment or the inability to save enough money for a required down payment on the purchase of a home.

Buying vs Renting In Boston: Maintenance Matters

As a homeowner, you will be responsible for any maintenance or repair issues that arise. This is a big consideration when choosing whether to rent or buy. When you rent, the property owner is responsible for repairs and it may not always be obvious that these issues can be very costly.

Buying vs Renting In Boston: How To Know When It’s Time To Buy

If you have steady income with a good employment history, can provide a down payment of at least 5-10 percent of the purchase price and are current with all debts, it may be time to consider buying a home instead of renting. In some cases, the cost of rent may even exceed that of a typical mortgage payment.

When deciding to buy, job stability is a big factor. If your job does not require frequent relocation and you plan to live in the home for at least 5-10 years, you may want to consider making the purchase. If you need to relocate after that, you may have enough equity from the sale to use as a down payment on another home.

Home Buyer’s Checklist

  • If you can answer yes to the following questions, you may be ready for home ownership. Your REALTOR® can help you to find the perfect home based on your individual needs.
  • Have you been steadily employed for at least one year, but preferably two years?
  • Do you plan to live in the home long enough to build equity?
  • Can you provide a down payment and still have enough money left to pay for closing costs, utilities and home furnishings?
  • Are you current on all debts, including auto loans, credit cards, etc.?
  • In addition to any current debts that you may have, can you afford a monthly mortgage payment which will likely include property taxes and insurance?
  • Do you have the time to devote to shopping for a home and comparing interest rates from various lenders?
  • Have you checked your credit reports for inaccuracies and disputed anything that needs correction with each of the three major credit reporting agencies?

Which Housing Option Is Best For Your Situation?

Check out the great Buy or Rent Calculator at the bottom of the linked page.

Buying vs renting in Boston, the decision is a very personal one that can only be determined after a careful evaluation of your situation. In addition to the link to the calculator above, a REALTOR® can show you the perfect home and a lender can tell you whether or not you can afford it, but it’s up to you to make the choice as to whether or not you are ready to make the move. 

Joe Schutt

Committed to representing your interests with the highest level of integrity, I am dedicated to service excellence focused on personal attention and building a solid trust relationship. I listen carefully and make my clients feel comfortable in exploring their full range of real estate options and then encourage them to relax and rely on my expertise to insure that the details run smoothly and efficiently. Google+

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