Is 2012 going to be the year you quit playing the rent race and buy your first home? With interest rates at all-time lows and homes priced reasonably now might be a great time to own your first home. There are many advantages of owning a home as opposed to renting. You can view these advantages on the Buy vs. Rent comparison chart providded by Ginnie Mae below.

Buy vs. Rent Comparison Chart

Advantages Considerations
Buy Property builds equity Responsible for maintenance
Sense of community, stability, and security Responsible for property taxes
Free to change decor and landscaping Possibility of foreclosure and loss of equity
Not dependent on landlord to maintain property Less mobility than renting
Rent Little or no responsibility for maintenance No tax benefits
Easier to move No equity is built up
  No control over rent increases
  Possibility of eviction

Your income, savings, and monthly expenses play an important role in determining how large a mortgage you can afford. To figure out the amount you can afford, please click Affordability.

Savings: BuyingIn many cases, the amount of money a renter spends on rent can be about the same as or less than the amount a homeowner spends on a mortgage. With the tax benefit for homeowners, the savings can be significant.Buy vs. Rent Comparison
The chart below shows a cost comparison for a renter and a homeowner over a seven year period.

  • The renter starts out paying $800 per month with annual increases of 5%
  • The homeowner purchases a home for $110,000 and pays a monthly mortgage of $1,000
  • After 6 years, the homeowner’s payment is lower than the renter’s monthly payment
  • With the tax savings of homeownership, the homeowner’s payment is less than the rental payment after3 years
Years
Rent Payment
Mortgage Payment
Monthly Difference
After Tax Savings
Yearly Difference
After Tax Savings
1 800 1000 -200 -50 -2400 -600
2 840 1000 -160 -10 -1920 -120
3 882 1000 -118 +32 -1416 +384
4 926 1000 -74 +76 -888 +912
5 972 1000 -28 +122 -336 +1464
6 1021 1000 +21 +171 +252 +2052
7 1072 1000 +72 +222 +864 +2664
8-30 Savings increase every year

Monthly Expenses: BuyingYour rental company takes part of your rent payment to cover certain housing expenses. When you decide to purchase a home, you accept responsibility for paying for these expenses (listed below). They are additional costs to your monthly mortgage payment and should be included in your budget estimates:

  • Property Taxes and Special Assessments
  • Home/Hazard Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Maintenance
  • Home Owner Association (HOA) Fee: Doesn’t apply to all purchases. It pays for trash and snow removal and maintenance of common grounds if applicable.
  • Membership Fee: It may pay for recreational facilities and other services (cable TV).

Source: Ginnie Mae

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About hunterwebb

I am a 26 year old real estate agent in The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. In my downtime I enjoy watching sports, reading a goodbook, and grilling up a good meal.

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