Is it better to BUY or RENT?

Is it better to buy or rent in Santa Cruz County or Monterey County?

Because I enjoy selling real estate as a career, one would think that my first rent-vs-buy1response is… BUY!  Sales prices are still low. Interest rates are still low. There are even programs designed to get people back in homeownership sooner than later after a foreclosure or bankruptcy.

But is it better FOR YOU to buy or rent?

Only you can answer that question.  There are many factors to consider.  How long you stay in your home is a big variable.  The New York Times Business Day has a great Rent vs. Buy calculator to help you determine if home ownership at this time is the way you should go. 

The monthly mortgage payment is a huge factor. To see the difference interest rates can make in a purchase, visit my blog What are you Waiting For or email me for more information.

Yes, there are many benefits to owning a home. You are able to change things the way you want them. Any improvement made is an investment in the value of the home. The possibility of a value increase, thus more money in your pocket when you do sell. Tax advantages.  Stability of having a home that is yours.

However, for some, the thought of owning a home is less than pleasing. The repairs, the upkeep, the lawn maintenance and the feeling of being tied down.

Again, there are pros and cons on both sides. If you are currently a renter, and are considering homeownership, give me a call.  I can help you save time, money, and stress in finding your very own home.

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