Buying vs. Renting

For many people, the idea of buying a home may seem terrifying, but other people may feel that renting is too restrictive. Both options have great advantages, but when an HOA is involved, there are other factors you must consider.shutterstock_290165813

Benefits of Buying

Long term, buying a home may actually cost less than renting. Of course, you’ll also need to consider additional costs, such as maintenance costs. Buying a house is usually a great investment, and the longer you pay, the more equity you get, which can help improve your credit rating and get you other loans. Another advantage of owning a home is that when you purchase a home, it’s yours. Even if you still owe money to the bank, you can typically do what you want in your home, such as have pets, smoke, paint, etc.

Benefits of Renting

A great benefit of renting is that you aren’t tied down as much as you are when you purchase a home. A home mortgage can be 15 or 30 years, but most rental agreements are short-term. Plus, when you rent, you don’t have to worry about paying property tax, and your insurance is lower because you only have to cover your belongings instead of the property and your belongings. Last, renting is often a stress-free option for many people. You don’t have to worry about all the maintenance or repairs. That’s the property owner or landlord’s responsibility. However, when you rent, you may not have as many freedoms as someone who owns their own home.

How an HOA Impacts Buying a Home

When the home or unit is located in a community with an HOA, there are additional factors to consider when thinking about buying. For some people, a home that is part of an HOA is appealing because HOAs are known for having rules that ensure the neighborhood is safe, pleasant, and friendly—and who doesn’t want to live in that type of community?

However, other people may not like following rules. Additionally, when you buy a home that is part of an HOA, you have to pay dues to help run the community, and depending on the HOA, these fees can be high. If you rent, you won’t be responsible for paying the dues.

Buying and renting have their own advantages and disadvantages, especially when the property is part of an HOA. If you are trying to weigh the pros and cons of buying vs. renting, don’t forget to consider if there is an HOA involved. Some people may love the idea of owning a home within an HOA community, but it isn’t right for everyone.

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