Thursday, November 10, 2016

Buying a House, the Pros and Con’s

by NAB
Housing affordability is a huge issue. Working out whether to jump onto the property ladder or continue renting can be a confusing decision. We will go through some of the pros and cons of both options to help you make an
informed decision.


· There are both negatives and positives associated with renting and buying your own home.

· Renting gives you the flexibility to relocate frequently and you’re not tied down with all your savings in a home deposit.

· Money you might have saved for a home deposit could be used for travel, study or invested elsewhere.

· Buying a home gives you stability – you won’t be moved on by a landlord – and you’ll have the freedom to make improvements and live in the house as you please.

· Getting into the property market can be a great investment but it’s a long term strategy. You have to be prepared for all the added and ongoing costs of home ownership.

· Research and working out your budget can help you decide what the best option is for you.


Frees up your savings

By choosing the renting life over home ownership, you’re not spending your savings on a deposit and all the costs associated with buying a home. You’re freeing up money to spend or invest elsewhere. Depending on where you invest the money, you may actually get a greater return on investment than if you’d bought a house. You need to think carefully about your investment goals and strategy.

Or you may be at a time in your life when you’re not yet ready to have all your savings and monthly income going towards a deposit and a mortgage. Does travel or study beckon?

It gives you more flexibility

Renting gives you flexibility. As a tenant you can freely relocate from home to home and area to area once your lease expires. The significant costs associated with buying and selling means that you have less flexibility when choosing to move house.

Allows you to diversify your investments

Buying a home, especially for first home buyers, often means that all your savings will be going towards the one asset. Do you feel comfortable with most, if not all, your savings tied up in a single investment? Renting allows you to use your savings across a broad range of investments. By diversifying your investments, you’re also spreading the risk.


Rental costs are ongoing

If history is a past indicator, the cost of renting will steadily increase over the years due to inflation and rise in property prices. Depending on where you live, your mortgage repayments may initially be higher than the cost of renting, but over the life of the loan, the interest charged reduces as the principal is paid off.

Many people pay off their mortgage in under 30 years. Sure they’ll still have costs for home maintenance and council rates, but they’ll be free of large monthly payments to live in their home. But if you choose a life of tenancy, you’ll always have rental payments. Once you hit retirement and your income is reduced, it may be difficult to find a large sum of money each month. You may also be less able to absorb rent increases.

No forced savings

A mortgage is like forced savings. You’re obligated to pay your mortgage every month – putting money towards an asset that could potentially increase over time. But with renting, it can be tempting to spend spare cash rather than saving or investing it.


It gives you stability and freedom

Buying a home provides you with certainty; there's no risk that you'll be displaced by a landlord. Tenants have very little say in how long they can occupy a rental property beyond the lease term. Living in your own home also allows you the freedom to renovate and decorate your home as you please.

Rise in house prices over time

Having an asset that may increase in value over time is appealing. While house prices have consistently risen over the long-term, they can also have periods of weak growth or even fall in value. You need to remember that home ownership is a long term investment strategy.

The ability to use the equity in your home

Home equity is the proportion of your home that you own. Provided that the value of your house is increasing, as you pay off your loan, your equity will also be increasing. You may then be able to use the equity to fund an investment such as shares or a managed fund.


You’ll be paying interest

The interest and fees you pay over the life of a loan can be significant. Be prepared for interest rates to fluctuate during the term of your loan, especially if you have a variable interest rate or when your fixed rate period expires.

There are opportunity costs

This is the cost of having your money tied up in property. If you choose a life of renting, you’ll have the money you would have saved for a deposit to spend elsewhere. This might be for travel, study, entertainment or your own business. It could also be used for other investments that potentially could yield greater or quicker returns than a residential property will.

Ownership costs are more than just a deposit and loan repayments

Buying and selling isn’t cheap. Not to mention the ongoing running costs of owning a property including real estate taxes, repairs, depreciation, city fees, water and insurance costs. It’s much more than just saving for your deposit.


Michael Sloane from the Successful Investor makes a case for becoming a ‘renting investor’. If you can’t afford to buy in an area where you wish to live, but you want to invest in property, there’s still a way.

He suggests buying in a neighborhood that is affordable and likely to be a good investment, and renting in a more convenient or desirable location. This works because the geography of renting differs from the geography of buying – it’s more affordable to rent in an inner-urban area than to purchase there. So by buying an investment property that you can afford, and continuing to rent close to work, near the beach or in the city, you won’t be compromising your lifestyle.

This option also makes sense if:

· Your lifestyle or work situation isn’t permanent. If you’re not sure where you want to settle, it may not make sense to plant your roots in property yet.
· You don’t see the burden of a large non-tax deductible mortgage on your home as the best use of your money.


As we’ve seen, the case for buying or renting isn’t a simple one. There are many different factors to consider including your financial resources, lifestyle, family needs, investment goals and appetite for risk. Doing research and talking to an expert is a good idea.

My name is Scott Grebner and I have been helping my clients realize their own personal real estate dreams. Real estate is a relationship-based business that works best when client relationships are built on trust and confidence. My goal is having clients be completely satisfied with the professional and caring service they have received.

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It seems that the dream of past generations was to pay off a mortgage. The dream of today’s young families is to get one. I would love to hear from you, about your Real Estate Dreams and questions.

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