Buying a home is a big financial commitment and many people choose to rent because of that. But is renting really the best option? Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both buying and renting residential property, to help you decide what your best option would be.

Renting a home


  • You don’t have to pay municipality taxes or homeowners comprehensive insurance (insurance for the building).
  • Flexibility to move when relocation opportunities arise – depending on your lease agreement.
  • You can sometimes rent a property which you would not be able to afford to buy.
  • Predictability of a fixed monthly rental  for a certain period
  • Smaller amount of deposit upfront compared to upfront costs when buying.
  • Less responsibility associated with renting.
  • Limited maintenance costs for the property

  • Your rent can and will increase
  • The money you spend on rent does not go towards an asset for you to start growing your wealth.
  • Your lease might not get renewed and you will be forced to leave.
  • You may not be able to make changes to the property to make it your own or you will need the owner’s consent to make any changes
  • You may have to rely on your landlord to do maintenance or make repairs.

Buying a home


  • In the long-term, property can be an investment.
  • You can alter your home to suit your needs.
  • You could rent out your property 
  • You could  access additional equity in your property  should you need it.
  • You can improve your credit score with timely payments of your Home Loan instalments.

  • You will have to pay municipality taxes, maintenance costs, insurance, bond registration and transfer costs.
  • It’s can be harder to relocate quickly – but not impossible as you can rent out your property.
  • Selling your property might not be as profitable as you expected depending on market fluctuations between when you buy and when you decide to sell.
Why we think buying can be better than renting

So, owning a property costs more but it could give you the opportunity to create wealth for yourself and the ability to access funds in the future when you might need it most. Renting is convenient but in the long term it is expensive because you will never be able to get any of your rental payments back again.

A home is an investment

Buying a home could be a good long-term investment. If you can afford your home and are happy to live in it then your home is also an investment in your happiness. However, if you are buying a property to sell at a later stage then you need to plan and get as much advice as possible before you make your decision. And, most importantly you need to be comfortable with the costs of buying a home.

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