Submitted By HERBA001
1. Topic: Renting an apartment is a better option than buying a house.
In my opinion I think that buying a house shows home ownership and an excellent path to building wealth. My thought is that if you rent you’re throwing away money. Owning your own home is a forced savings plan. We have always heard statements like these plenty of times. On television, radio, the internet, and in casual conversation. Such sentiments are common in any discussion that involves home-buying and personal finances. Let’s take a look at some of the financial differences between renting and home-buying. Now for the purpose of comparing renting to owning in this essay, I’ll be using real-world data gathered from my Orlando area (West Orlando). Although most first-time buyers tend to move from renting an apartment to buying a larger, stand-alone house, as much as I can I will compare apples to apples.
• For rent, I located a 3-bed, 2.5-bath, 1,840 sift house with an attached 2-car garage, on 0.2 acres. Monthly price: $1,495.
• For purchase I found a 3-bed, 2.5-bath, 1,850 sqft house with an attached 2-car garage, on 0.22 acres. Price: $424,950.
The two homes are located within two miles of each other in similar neighborhoods, and neither is located on a busy road. We’ll assume that our hypothetical homebuyer is a married couple with $85,000 in the bank to make a 20% down payment. To calculate mortgage payments we will use a recent 30-year fixed interest rate of 6.25%.
Let’s look at how the monthly costs break down (approximately) for our hypothetical potential first-time homebuyer: Renting Buying
Rent/Mortgage: $1,495 $2,093
Insurance: $20 $163
Property Tax: - $407
Tax Savings*: - ($327)
Maintenance: - $354
Total: $1,515 $2,690
*: (less standard deduction)
Right off the bat, you see that simply trading straight across from renting to owning results in…...