Renting is money down the drain and property is a great investment. But is
it as simple as that?
When you decide to leave the family home and get your own place, youre
faced with a big decision to rent or to buy? Of course financial
circumstances may dictate that you dont have a choice. Lets look
at the pros and cons of both situations.
You can rent a property from many different people private landlords,
estate agents, companies, even friends and family. Or you could choose to
live in a flat- or houseshare with other tenants.
The advantages of renting:
Flexibility to move out, depending on your contract
Maintenance costs are the responsibility of the landlord
Useful if you are only staying in an area for a short amount of time
The disadvantages of renting:
The money you pay in rent is gone forever
If there is a problem, you have to rely on the landlord to fix it
Although you live in the property, it is not yours, so you cant decorate
it or otherwise treat is as your own
Buying a property is a serious undertaking. Most people borrow a large sum
of money in order to own their own home and that money has to be paid back,
one way or the other. If you fall behind on your repayments it can have major
consequences. Having said that, owning your own place gives you freedom and,
potentially, an investment that will only appreciate in value.
The advantages of buying:
The money you pay out goes back into your property
Your property is yours to do what you want with
The property may rise in value significantly
The disadvantages of buying:
Unless you are very wealthy, you are committed to repaying your mortgage
You are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of your property, which
can be expensive
Your property may fall in value
Ultimately it makes more financial sense to buy if you can afford to. The
key is not to overstretch yourself the bigger the deposit you can
manage to save, the less you will have to repay.
But if you want the flexibility to move around without being too tied down,
then renting will be your preferred option.
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