Homeownership is the American Dream, right?

Owning place to call home, being able to paint the walls purple if you like, that’s what everyone wants. Isn’tit? The reality is there are pros and cons for buying a house. Understanding them can help you make the best decision for your goals.

Pros for Buying

This might seem obvious, here are 3 main reasons to buy a home.

1. Financial Advantages–A home is an asset which should appreciate over time, providing wealth building opportunities.

2. Pride of OwnershipAs homeowner, you control the environment in which you live. If

you want those purple walls or granite countertop….you can do it.

3. RootsRegardless of whether you have children, there is natural desire to be part of a community: to have a local coffee shop, dry cleaners, and food markets.


Cons for Buying

As with all things, there are considerations which mean this isn’t the right time to buy home.

1. Increased Monthly Costs–  While not always the case, in some instances your monthly mortgage could be larger than comparable rent.

2. Freedomrenter can move from one city or state to another very easily which allows you to move when you need/want to.

3. UpkeepYou are responsible for the repairs and upkeep of the property. Unexpected problems can become quite expensive if you are unprepared.

There are some wonderful reasons to buy home; before you decide that it’s time to buy, give
some thought to your lifestyle and goals, if they are in line with the advantages of home ownership, then time to go house hunting.

This content is not the product of the National Association of REALTORS®, and may not reflect NAR's viewpoint or position on these topics and NAR does not verify the accuracy of the content.