The Gloves are Off - Buying versus Renting

It is time to duke it out.  In one corner is renting and in the other corner is buying.  So who will win this battle?  What is the right choice for you?  Here are the things that you need to consider when thinking about Palm Beach County real estate.

1.  Where you are in your life? 

Are you ready for the responsibility of owning a home?  Will you be ready to handle maintenance issues instead of just calling the landlord when something goes wrong.  

2.  How long do you plan to stay?  

A recent study notes that it takes less than 2 years for owning to make sense over renting.  So if you're planning on moving in a year or two, then staying a renter is the better choice.  If you are looking to stay 3-5 years, then buying is likely best for you.

3.  Can you afford to buy a home? 

Are you stretching or can you afford the home you are looking to purchase?  Be sure to understand your budget and the amount that will allow you to still enjoy a great quality of life.  Being house poor is never a great idea.  

4.  Record low interest rates

Interest rates are 2% less than they were 7 years ago at the end of the recession.  Interest rates impact affordability.  Low interest rates also make it the perfect time to move up to your next home or your dream home.  With the savings, many are finding it the perfect time to do so.  

5.  Cost of remaining a renter

As property values increase, property taxes increase for landlords.  With higher prices, rent rates often increase.  The increased demand will also increase rent rates.  

So if you are thinking of buying your first home, next home or dream home, call us at 561-376-2424.

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