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Whether You Rent or Buy, You’re Paying a Mortgage

Monday, August 22, 2016   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Whether You Rent or Buy, You’re Paying a Mortgage

Whether You Rent or Buy, You’re Paying a Mortgage | Keeping Current Matters


There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage - either yours or your landlord’s.


As The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:



“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return.  


That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”



Christina Boyle, a Senior Vice President, Head of Single-Family Sales & Relationship Management at Freddie Mac, explains another benefit of securing a mortgage vs. paying rent:



“With a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, you’ll have the certainty & stability of knowing what your mortgage payment will be for the next 30 years – unlike rents which will continue to rise over the next three decades.”



As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ which allows you to have equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee the landlord is the person with that equity.


Interest rates are still at historic lows, making it one of the best times to secure a mortgage and make a move into your dream home. Freddie Mac’s latest report shows that rates across the country were 3.43% last week.


Bottom Line


Whether you are looking for a primary residence for the first time or are considering a vacation home on the shore, now may be the time to buy.


Global Property Systems
Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS - NYS RE Principal Broker
56 Lafayette Avenue Suite 320
White Plains, NY 10603
914-290-5258


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