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Buy or Rent? That is the Question

Deciding whether it's best to buy or rent a home isn't an easy decision.  There are financial Pros and Cons to each.  Plus, whether or not you want to become a homeowner may depend on your lifestyle, so its very much a personal choice.  Take a close look below at the pluses and minuses before making your move.

Pros to Renting
  • Your not required to save up a sizable down payment.
  • Renting is normally a short-term commitment 
  • You are usually free of major maintenance cost and paying property taxes - your landlord takes care of that.  
  • You aren't tied down to one place, and can relocate fairly easily.
  • Since you are not obligated to a relatively short-term lease (a few months, or a year), committing to a particular rental isn't a strenuous decision.

Cons of Renting
  • You aren't building equity (the value an owner has in a piece of property minus the debt against it).
  • You can't take advantage of tax benefits (like tax deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes) only available to home owners. 
  • You may be subject to rent increases that you can do little about.
  • You might not be able to decorate a home as you like.
  • You may be subject to restrictions on pets. (some landlords don't allow them).  Also, your landlord could infringe on your lifestyle - e.g., complaining about the level of noise from parties and the number of guest who stay at your place.
  • You could get evicted (if the landlord decides not to renew your lease, or to sell the property) and have to seek another place to live.

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