Advantages and Disadvantages
1.More fixed costs for the term of the lease.
2.Not gaining equity, but not losing it either
3.When the lease is up, you can just move.
4.There is generally less work in maintaining a home or apartment.
5.Smaller amount of “up-front” cash
1.No matter what happens with the value of the home, you will never gain equity.
2.Limited–or no–ability to personalize your living quarters.
3.No tax advantage to renting. Your landlord gets any and all tax breaks that are available.
1.Over time, the mortgage balance decreases and equity builds, even if the value of the home does not increase.
2.The ability to remodel and redecorate the home to match your needs and desires.
3.There can be tax advantages attached to home ownership. Consult competent legal and/or accounting advice for details for your situation.
2.Equity may go up, down, or stay stagnant.
3.If you want to move, home generally must be sold.
4.Work needs to be done by you–or paid for by you.
5.Generally a larger initial investment–the down payment
Feel that buying a house is the right route for you? Start by reviewing the checklist.