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The Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

By bradschmett|May 8, 2018

Owning vs. Renting

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, 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.

What proof exists that owning is financially better than renting?

  • 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.
  1. Studies have shown that a homeowner’s net worth is 44x greater than that of a renter.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!

Bottom Line

Owning a home has always been, and will always be, better from a financial standpoint than renting.

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