Is there any rationale for renting if you can afford to buy?

Asked by Christian Oconnor, 11223 Tue Mar 4, 2008

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Ken Herrera…, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Tue Mar 4, 2008

What are your short and long term goals with home ownership? Many times people just haven't thought of the long term. Home ownership is a great achievement, however if you do not plan on staying in a home for too long, you should defintely consider renting. If you plan on outlasting the market downturn, then go ahead and buy.
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Tue Mar 4, 2008
Sure. If you feel/believe prices are going to continue to decline, then it makes sense not to buy. And the alternative to buying is renting.

Or, even if you feel prices will stabilize, you have to look at your monthly cost for renting versus buying. In some areas, such as Northern Virginia, a house that costs $600,000 will rent for $1,900. Even with the tax deductions that homeowners receive, it may make sense for many people to rent rather than buy.

Or, you may be able to afford to buy, but you'd be trading off a desired lifestyle (vacations, nice cars, etc.) that you can afford by renting, for a perhaps less desirable lifestyle (homeowner, but no vacations, older cars, etc.)

Those are just a few of the many instances in whcih it might make more sense to rent than to buy.

Hope that helps.
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Jennifer Mab…, , Clackamas, OR
Tue Mar 4, 2008
There are some instances when people may not be living in the same place long enough for it to make sense to buy. Some people move aroung frequently for work. In most cases if you can afford to buy you should.
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Andrew Adams, , 01915
Tue Mar 4, 2008
You feel prices will continue to drop and you think you will get a better deal in 6 months.
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