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Buying vs. Renting

"Should I buy or rent?" That is the dilemma facing many potential home owners today. Buying a home can be more costly and time demanding than renting. However, if you can comfortably afford to do so and you have plans to stay at a particular location for a while, buying a home has significant advantages.

First of all, financially owning a home is often promoted as a better choice than renting mainly because there are significant federal and state tax breaks. Home owners can claim deductions for real estate property taxes and for the interest paid on their mortgage each year.

Secondly, long-term home owners build equity both by paying down their mortgage and when their home appreciates in value. Many savvy homebuyers increase their equity more quickly by buying homes that need cosmetic improvements (such as decorating) rather than structural renovation (walls that need moving). These minor improvements can significantly increase the value of a home over a relatively short period of time with a modest investment.

However, there are times when renting a home is the more sound choice to make. For example, if you are only going to be living in an area for a couple of years, buying could end up being the more expensive endeavor. Sometimes when you buy or sell in a short period of time, you may actually lose equity.

Also, renting makes good sense if you've identified the general area in which you want to live but haven't made a final decision as to the specific neighborhood. If you don't know whether you'll feel comfortable in a particular neighborhood, it may be better to rent a house or an apartment there for six months or a year to get more comfortable with the neighborhood in question.

Are you thinking or buying or renting in the Newnan, GA area? Contact JY&B Realty—we would love to help!

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