The Case for Continuing to Rent Digested From "The Case for Remaining a Renter"
SmartMoney (04/04/12) by Quentin Fottrell
Though super-low house prices and rising rents might seem to increase the appeal of homeownership for some, renting still has numerous benefits. Two things to keep in mind are that people in most other prosperous countries often rent, and that the main benefit most say was an incentive to own -- the mortgage deduction on taxes -- is useless if a taxpayer does not itemize the deductions on the annual income tax returns. Would-be homeowners also have to deal with a down-payment. Those who rent, as long as they do not rent through a real estate broker, typically only have to pay a damage deposit. Homeowners also have to contend with such future costs as legal fees, maintenance, and other repairs. Though a mortgage with a low interest rate can be useful, the slow recovery of the job market could mean that people need to move for jobs -- a process that is incredibly easier and cheaper when renting. Finally, the most historical benefit of homeownership -- equity -- has been accumulating so slowly, if at all, that it may no longer really count as an advantage.
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