Should You Rent Or Buy A Home?

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Whether you're a first-time home buyer, or just looking to relocate, the decision of whether to rent or buy a home is one that shouldn't be made lightly. Both options have significant financial and lifestyle implications and both have pros and cons. So, how do you know which one is right for your situation? In this article I'll outline five questions that can help guide your decision:

How long do you plan on staying in one place?

If you have a short-term plan, renting is likely the best option. If you're planning on staying in one place for less than three years, it's almost always better to rent, because homeownership costs are usually higher than rental costs over short periods of time.

Renting offers flexibility and freedom that owning doesn't offer: if something changes in your life (a job transfer or change of heart), renting makes it easy for you to pick up and leave without worrying about selling a home first. I am telling you from personal experience, selling a home is a huge fucking pain in the ass!

If you're unsure whether buying or renting is right for you long term, consider "rentvesting." This means buying an investment property while continuing to rent out your primary residence until such time as it makes sense financially—or emotionally—to buy another house.

What are your finances like?

Whether you’re just starting out as a young adult, or have been working for years and are ready to settle down, it’s essential to understand your financial situation before deciding whether or not it makes sense for you to buy a home.

You should consider how much money you make, how much debt you already have (including student loans or others), and your financial goals.

If you plan on buying a home soon, be sure to factor in the cost of the interior, maintenance, and repairs into your budget as well.

What does the real estate market look like?

  • What does the real estate market look like where you live, and how does that affect the value of your home?
  • How does this affect the rental market?

What am I looking for in a home?

  • What kind of home would you like to live in?
  • Location, size, price, and amenities.
  • Do you want to be close to public transportation or do you want your own car?
  • Do you want a quiet neighborhood or one with lots of activity?
  • How big is the yard that appeals to you?
  • Garage or store room
  • Where does it need the most work (the exterior or the interior)?

Is renting or buying right for me?

If you are not sure what kind of home you want, renting may be a good option for you. Renting gives you the opportunity to try out different neighborhoods and see which ones work for your lifestyle. Asking friends about their favorite neighborhoods can also help narrow down which areas might be right for your needs. Renting is ideal if there are extenuating circumstances that make buying difficult, such as low credit or not having enough money saved up yet.


Buying a home is a big decision, and it isn't one that should be made lightly, It require careful consideration of your unique situation:

  • Consider all of the factors before you decide whether to rent or buy!
  • Be sure to do your research. Due diligence is necessary!
  • Make sure you understand the financial implications of buying.
  • Be sure to consider your future plans and where you want to be in 5 years.



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Honestly never really thought this many information needs to be taken care of during a purchase of a home. Although, hopefully in the next couple of years if everything works out buying a home is definitely on the check list. In fact, I have also some designs ideas for my imaginary home lol.

I am quite positive in the next few years I will be able to take care of all the debts which I have. All the complications regarding life would be handled as well. Also the idea of getting a passive income from this home would be kept in mind.

Since in my area there is a huge chance of rental income and it can be an opportunity of life time, if I can make it work properly in the next few years. Looking forward to it and grinding everyday towards that goal as well.

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These are indeed great things to consider when purchasing vs renting a home.

Thanks for sharing. 😊


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For a start, I plan on renting a house after I am done with school.. I would need to grow my financial capabilities before I think of building one. And if I am to build a house, the sole purpose of building a house would not be for me to live in it but to rent it to other people.

I have future goals but before I can finally build or buy a house I want to live in. I would want to build nearby school hostels, hotels, and apartment for rent before I can then decide on where to live.

I would definitely be building all these projects while I am paying rentage fees in someone's else house.. 🤣

Hopefully this comes to pass.. So help me God!

Owing a house is good but I've realized lately it is always the best choice if one's finances are not up for such a big step.

The points you mentioned are worth considering.

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When you are in the right position in life then i would always suggest to buy.

Renting a property is just dead money that you are paying to somebody else to fund their mortgage.

At least when you buy it will lead to you owning an asset in the future which you can then rent or sell for profit.

An asset that if you can time the markets correctly could be worth a lot more than what you paid for it.

When you are able to afford it.

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I agree and I do believe that a house is better in the long term but I honestly don't know if it's worth it in the cities. It's like the urban cities are slowly getting destroyed.

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Good summary of renting versus buying with goals and plans being at the forefront of the decision making.

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