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  • Writer's pictureDebi Haning

Is Renting a Smarter Choice Than Buying Right Now?

Recent headlines suggest that renting might be more budget-friendly than buying a home at the moment. While this can be true when focusing solely on monthly costs, there’s an essential factor often overlooked: home equity. Let's delve into why equity matters and how it can influence your decision-making process.

Behind the Headlines

Comparing national data from for median rental payments and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for median mortgage payments, we find that renting can indeed be cheaper monthly, especially for smaller spaces.

However, if you're eyeing a two-bedroom home, the monthly gap narrows. With a median mortgage payment of $2,040 and a median rent of $1,889, the difference is about $151 per month. But remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg when considering equity.

The Power of Equity

When you rent, your monthly payments solely cover housing and your landlord's expenses. Essentially, that money vanishes once paid. In contrast, buying a home means your mortgage payment serves dual purposes: shelter and investment. As you pay down your mortgage, you build equity, which grows further as home values rise.

For a deeper understanding, let's look at the Home Price Expectations Survey (HPES) by Fannie Mae and Pulsenomics. This survey gathers insights from over 100 experts, forecasting home price trends. Current projections indicate a steady increase in home prices over the next five years.

Consider this: if you bought a $400,000 home this year and stay for five years, HPES projections suggest your home's value could increase by over $83,000.

While renting might offer short-term savings, it lacks the long-term equity-building potential that buying provides.

The Takeaway

The decision to rent or buy hinges on your financial situation. If the numbers don’t align for buying, renting may be the better choice for now. However, if you're financially ready, factoring in equity might tilt the scales in favor of buying in the long run.

Bottom Line

Buying a home offers a unique advantage: the opportunity to build equity, something renting can’t match. If you're interested in benefiting from long-term home value appreciation, contact me today so we can explore your options together.



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