How to Stop Renting and Buy a Home: The Advantages of Buying Over Renting

There are 4 reasons why we'll always suggest buying over renting: equity, taxes, lower payments, and full control. Let's us break down why!
Last updated on:
May 16, 2022

There are many reasons to stop renting and buying a home. The advantages of buying over renting are:

  • You can build equity in your home, which is something you cannot do when you rent. And if you choose to sell your home in the future, you may make a profit on top of all the equity you've built up.
  • You can deduct the interest on your mortgage from your taxable income, saving you money each year.
  • Your monthly payments will likely be lower than if you were to rent the same size home.
  • You have control over what happens to your home- you can paint it, remodel it, and change the landscaping as you please!

Reason #1 to stop renting and start buying: To build equity

One of the most significant advantages of owning your home is that you can build equity in it – something that’s impossible to do when you rent. Equity is the portion of your home’s value that you own outright, and it increases as you pay down your mortgage and as your home appreciates. 

Building equity has several benefits. First, it gives you a financial cushion should you need to sell your home or take out a home equity loan or line of credit. Second, if you need to sell, you’ll likely make a profit on top of all the equity you’ve built up. And third, having equity will give you peace of mind knowing you have a valuable asset to be used as collateral for other purposes.

Reason #2 to stop renting and start buying: To save on taxes

Another advantage of owning your home is that you can deduct the interest on your mortgage from your taxable income, saving you money each year. This deduction is available for both primary and secondary (vacation) homes. Still, it’s worth noting that the amount of interest you can deduct maybe limited if your mortgage balance exceeds $750,000.

If you itemize deductions on your tax return (instead of taking the standard deduction), you can claim a deduction for qualified mortgage interest paid during the year. Deductions can include interest on loans used to buy, build, or improve your main home or second home. It is taken as an adjustment to income, reducing your taxable income, which could lower your tax bill.

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Reason #3 to stop renting and start buying: To lower monthly payments

In most cases, your monthly mortgage payments will be lower than if you were to rent the same size home. This is because a portion of each payment goes toward paying down the principal balance of your loan, which reduces the amount you owe and lowers your monthly payment over time.

Of course, there are a few things to consider when considering this reason to stop renting and buying a home. First, your monthly payments will likely be higher if you have a shorter-term loan, such as a 15-year mortgage, because the principal will be paid off faster. Second, your monthly payment may fluctuate if you have an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), as the interest rate can change over time.

Reason #4 to stop renting and start buying: To have control

As a homeowner, you have complete control over what happens to your home. This means you can paint it, remodel it, add on to it, or change the landscaping. If you like to personalize your living space and make it your own, then this is a great reason to stop renting and buying a home.

On the other hand, if you like to move frequently or don’t want the responsibility of maintaining a home, renting maybe a better option for you. It’s essential to weigh all the pros and cons before deciding.

From renting to owning: How to get started

Now that you know some of the key reasons to stop renting and start buying, it’s time to start saving for a down payment so you can make the jump from renter to homeowner. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Start by evaluating your financial situation and setting realistic savings goals.
  • Create a budget and stick to it. Make sure your housing expenses don’t exceed 30% of your monthly income.
  • Save automatically by setting up a monthly transfer from your checking account to your savings account.
  • Take advantage of employer matches or other incentives if you’re saving for a down payment through a 401(k) or other retirement accounts.
  • Look into state and local programs that offer down payment assistance.
  • Talk to a loan officer to explore your mortgage options and get pre-approved for a loan.

Once you have a clear understanding of the costs of buying a home and how much you can afford to pay each month, you’ll be onestep closer to becoming a homeowner. And with these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to achieving your homeownership goals in no time!

FAQs about Buying over Renting

What other costs will I be responsible for as a homeowner?

As a homeowner, you'll also be responsible for repair costs in addition to your monthly mortgage, property taxes, and insurance. You are responsible for fixing anything that breaks in your home, from a broken window to a leaky roof. While this can be costly, it is still often less expensive than renting an apartment or house.

Over time, these costs generally even out. And you won't have to worry about any of these costs anymore - after you own your home outright!

In addition to the financial advantages of owning a home, you will also have the freedom to make changes to your property. If you want to paint your walls or renovate your kitchen, you can do so without getting permission from your landlord.

What is the process of buying a home?

Buying a home can be complicated, especially for first-time homebuyers. It is crucial to work with a real estate agent to help you navigate the process.

The first step we always recommend is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This tells you how much money you will be able to borrow from the bank and gives you an idea of what price range of homes you should be looking at.

Once you have been pre-approved, you will need to start looking for a home. This is where working with a real estate agent can be helpful. They will be able to show you homes that fit your budget and needs.

Check out our free buyer's guide <-- get it right now.

Will I qualify for a good deal on a mortgage?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including your credit score, employment history, and income. It's always a good idea to talk to a mortgage specialist to determine what you qualify for.  

We also created a free financing guide to help you get started <-- click to download in seconds!

Where can I go if I decided to rent instead of buying?

We always recommend our clients to check out first. In addition, we also created a home-buying webinar series that is free for you to watch and help prepare yourself for your future home purchase.

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Buying a house is stressful, especially if you're a first-time buyer. Our goal: to help you understand the buying process and prepare you for the life-changing journey of becoming a homeowner. Learn every step of the process, plus other related topics, in our this free buyer's guide. We also listed a few resources in there that you can start using today - click the button below to get your download started!

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