Q&A: Is it Better to Buy or Rent a Property?

To Rent or Buy

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Which is better, to buy or rent a property? This is a recurring question that has several answers dependent on different conditions and more often than not, one’s financial standing. In some cases, this question is best answered within a cultural context where in some places, it’s more appropriate to rent property than to buy in the long term. What follows is a series of questions and answers that will guide you in your decision to buy or rent property.

Is It Better To Buy or Rent?

The question of buying or renting is best answered by the individual and the amount of money he/she has available to spend on property. The first step to answering this question is by making comparisons between the benefits of either buying or renting a property.

Before making the decision of whether to buy or rent, a house-hunter has to determine if they are financially in a position to buy a property, according to their earnings. It is fundamental to take into account down-payments, maintenance costs, taxes, and moving costs. There are many calculators online that can help with these calculations.

What Are The Benefits of Buying a Property?

property appreciationBuying a property is a great investment. When a buyer acquires a property, there is no need to worry about rent payments, especially when they retire. If you calculate all the rent one might pay to a landlord over a certain period of time, buying a property is often more economical.

How Does The Value of My Property Rise?

Depending on the location and the real estate market, the price of property will go up and the investment made will yield more profit when the buyer wishes to sell the property again. You have to watch the market carefully since it is a long-term investment.

What Are The Benefits of Renting A Property?

Renting involves less financial commitment. Compared to buying, where one has to pay the money outright or through a mortgage plan. Interest rates on certain mortgage plans vary meaning a buyer is likely to pay more for a property, making renting cheaper. Renting is much more flexible; it is much easier to move out of a rented property.

When is Renting Better Than Buying?

Experts advise that if you foresee moving out of a particular neighbourhood or house in the next five years, it is best you rent a property. In Ghana, renting a property is less cumbersome as it involves paying for space in advance, usually between one to three years. The underlying factor for any individual who wishes to buy a property is financial stability. This is because people selling properties require some down payment or at least a qualification for a loan or a mortgage. If a buyer does not have the money to pay outright or does not qualify for a loan, then renting is the best option.

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