ICFE eNEWS #12-17 - June 5th 2012
7 Reasons to Buy versus 7 Reasons to Rent
By Jim Garnett, a/k/a Ask Mr. G, a member of the
ICFE's Board of Educational Advisors.
Is it better to buy a home or rent? The "right" answer for you
depends entirely on your individual circumstances. That being said,
here are 7 reasons to buy vs. 7 reasons to rent that will help you
think through the situation.
7 Reasons You Should Buy
- The home's "equity" (the difference between the value of
the house and what you owe on it) often increases providing
you with an appreciating asset and a down payment for your next
- The monthly payments can often be about the same for owning
- There is a greater sense of stability, security, and community
in owning your own home.
- Homeowners can change the decor and landscaping to suit
their own tastes.
- Homeowners can do their own maintenance or hire it done
without having to wait for someone else to "fix it when they
have a chance."
- Mortgage interest and property taxes are usually tax deductible.
- Mortgage payments do not tend to increase like rental payments
often do. Mortgage payments will increase due to the terms of
a balloon mortgage, a refinance, or an increase in the escrow
7 Reasons You Should Rent
- The initial rental deposit is much less than a down payment
for a home and is usually refunded when you leave to apply on
your next apartment.
- It is much less difficult to move and much less costly.
- The cost of furnishing an apartment is much less than a
- There is little or no cost for maintenance, repairs, or
- There is no chance of foreclosure in which you can lose
all of your investment.
- Rental insurance and monthly utility costs are normally
- There are no closing costs or realtor fees in renting an
© Jim Garnett, The Debt Doctor
AskMrG Consulting, LLC
2216 SW 35th Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
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The ICFE is also an on-line help for consumers who spend too much. ICFE's spending help was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the ICFE's Money Instruction Book, our course in personal finance.
Visit the ICFE's other web sites at: www.financial-education-icfe.org and studentdebthelp.org. Both sites helps consumers and students with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include: Ask Mr. G, a free eNews, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools and a book store.