Surprise! Renting a home does not offer the financial benefits that owning does.
Let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.
Zillow recently reported that:
In reality, buying or renting a home is an intensely personal decision, with emotional and even financial considerations that go beyond whether to invest in this one (admittedly large) asset.
Looking strictly at housing market numbers, there is a concrete point at which buying a home makes more financial sense than renting it.
What proof exists that owning is financially better than renting?
1. We recently highlighted the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership:
- Homeownership is a form of forced savings.
- Homeownership provides tax savings.
- Homeownership allows you to lock in your monthly housing cost.
- Buying a home is cheaper than renting.
- No other investment lets you live inside of it.
2. Studies have shown that a homeowners net worth is 44x greater than that of a renter.
3. Just a few months ago, we explained that a family that purchased an average-priced home at the beginning of 2017 could build more than $48,000 in family wealth over the next five years.
4. Some argue that renting eliminates the cost of taxes and home repairs, but every potential renter must realize that all the expenses the landlord incurs are already baked into the rent payment along with a profit margin!!
Owning a home has always been, and will always be, better from a financial standpoint than renting.
But what about Seattle?
The numbers and suggestions listed above are based on the national market, not just the local area. Consult with your favorite Metropolist broker to get a real handle on how to best navigate the current Seattle area real estate market.
We’re always ready – and delighted – to speak with you.