Renting or Buying… Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage – There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.
“While renting on a temporary basis isn’t terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you’re serious about your finances. It won’t make you rich overnight, but by renting, you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. In effect, you’re making someone else rich.”
Christina Boyle, Senior Vice President and head of the Single-Family Sales
& Relationship Management organization at Freddie Mac,
explains another benefit of securing a mortgage
vs. paying rent:
“With a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, you’ll have the certainty & stability of knowing what your mortgage payment will be for the next 30 years – unlike rents which will continue to rise over the next three decades.”
As an owner, your mortgage
payment is a form of ‘forced savings’
which allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee the landlord is the person with that equity.
rates are still at historic lows, making it one of the best times to secure a mortgage
and make a move into your dream home
. Freddie Mac’s
latest report shows that rates across the country were at 4.23% last week.
Whether you are looking for a primary residence for the first time or are considering a vacation home
on the shore, now may be the time to buy.
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