(Closed) Would you rather… (Rent vs. buy)

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
46963 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

FutureFong:  If you want to spend $1500 and choose to live in the suburbs, you will need to budget for gas, parking and possible bridge tolls in addition to yor mortgage. Keep in mind that if you live near a station, you could commute by skytrain and save the gas, tolls and parking.


Post # 3
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d rather own, hands down. Like you, I think paying for someone else’s mortgage and equity isn’t fun. To me, personally, a longer commute would be worth the trade-off.

Post # 4
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you’re planning to stay in the area awhile I would buy. I currently drive an hour + rush hour because that’s where we bought a house. It would be significantly more expensive to live in the city, but then again I have no desire to live in the city. I can’t justify renting because our mortgage is much more affordable than any rent. I would compare the average rent to mortgage payments. If you have enough for a downpayment I would buy. 

Post # 5
2350 posts
Buzzing bee

FutureFong:  Well, what really matters is how long you intend to live there. Without knowing that it’s impossible to know that the smarter investment is. 

Post # 6
9546 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also keep in mind that most people underestimate the amout of money they’ll spend on home repair and updates when they own. It really only makes sense to won if you’re going to be there for a long time. I hate commutes, so I’d probably rent.

Post # 7
2091 posts
Buzzing bee

If I’m living in a condo, I’d rather rent. No way in hell would I ever buy a condo.

Post # 8
8872 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

FutureFong:  Are you planning on having children? Because if you are you should consider what that will mean in terms of rent/buy costs, future employment (will you or your SO be staying home to look after the kids), schools etc etc. it gets harder to switch to buying a home once you have children because of the increase expenses.

Post # 9
10644 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I prefer to own than rent, except I can’t imagine buying in Vancouver.  If I lived there, I would be seriously looking to move elsewhere.

Post # 10
180 posts
Blushing bee

There are times that I am very jealous of renters. In my area it is most logical to purchase VS rent. You will pay upwards of 1500 dollars per month for a home like mine and the mortgage payment is 950 with taxes and insurance. That being said I’ve been lucky and have had very few major repairs since I have lived in this home. However, my last house was a slab and I had a water pipe burst underground. Needless to say it nearly turned me off to home ownership all together. It was awful. Make sure you can afford the mortgage plus emergency fund. That is the largest mistake I see in my line of work…people who over extend themselves because a mortgage broker, real estate agent or they themselves were convinced that because they were approved for 500K that is what they could afford.

Post # 11
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

FutureFong:  Can you purchase the condo/townhome for the time being and rent it out when you purchase a home in the city? 

Post # 12
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

FutureFong: Can you reaslitically find a place to buy for $1500 a month with strata fees?  You can’t in Toronto and Vancouver is even worse housing wise.  And what about property taxes, utlities, home insurance, mortgage insurance/life insurance, etc.?  Are they included in your 1500 budget (some are required for a home but not for a rental) or are they extras you’re willing to pay ontop of the mortgage? What kind of condo/townhouse can you get for that?  Is it somewhere you’re able to stay for 5 – 10 years?  Or will you out grow it quickly?  How soon are you planning to have children (if you are planning to have them?) 

You can rent a decent place in TO for that amount. But you’d be hard pressed to buy anything.  Even a 1 hr commute houses are WAY more than that, unless you have a massive down payment.  My best friend owns a 1 bedroom, 560 sq foot condo in the city.  Even with her down payment her condo fees and mortgage are more than double your budget.  She lives down town, and condos do get cheaper as you get further from the city, but the size doesn’t increase much.  

If that’s the budget, I’d rent, personally.  I’d save the commuting costs and buy when the budget better reflects the going rate of properties. 

There’s nothing wrong with renting.  Especially if it means you can live affordably and save to buy a home. I, personally, would rather rent for a couple of years and save as much as I could to be able to purchase a family home.  

Post # 14
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I dream of being able to buy! It means your money is going towards an asset, rather than effectively just paying someone else’s mortgage.

In the UK I see owning as really important as (I don’t know how it works elsewhere) but pension funds are a lot better if you own a house in full and don’t have to worry about paying rent when you’re retired!

Post # 15
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

FutureFong:  We had this dilemma. Our solution was we bought in an up and coming neighborhood close to town and Darling Husband got transferred. Now we both have reasonable commutes and a little townhouse we love in an area we love.

For me, living in my county (think specific, innermost suburb) was a deal breaker. For Darling Husband, owning was a deal breaker. We figured out our minimum requirements for a house and searched until we found something. It isn’t our dream house, but I have no interest living in my dream house in the suburbs.

Before you go and say that there’s nothing you can afford close in, look closely. One bedrooms in my county start around $1700 and go up to $2500. We were able to buy for less than rent costs and have more space.

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