What Was I Thinking? The Pros and Cons of Buying a House

There are the expectations of home ownership, then there's reality. Here are the pros and cons of buying a house that no one tells you!

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There are some that grow up thinking that buying a house is the ultimate way to tell if a person has success or not.

Other people think that buying a house is crazy and would never be a decision that makes fiscal sense.

In the end, there are pros and cons of buying a house that must be considered on an individual basis. Everyone's situation is a little bit different!

Read more below about why you may consider buying or not buying a home in your future.

Difference Between Buying and Renting a House

Buying and renting a place to live sound similar, but they are quite different in terms of money and legal obligation.

Most people that rent their homes tend to not stay as long as the people that buy their homes. In addition to this, you will have to pay more upfront to own a home than to rent, but you also pay less overall down the line.

There are a lot of factors that have to be considered when you think about buying a home because it really is not for everyone. 

Buying a home means you own the home legally and you have paid or are paying off the fees. Renting a home means that you pay the person that legally owns the property and will pay off regularly by the terms of your contract or lease.

Knowing when or if there is a right time to buy is important if you want to practice fiscal responsibility. Planning ahead of time is very important for such a large decision.

Pros and Cons of Buying a House

As with anything in life, there are always the good things and the bad things to consider. You don't want to be one of those people that buy a house and regrets it because it may become hard to sell or get out of your agreements for a long time.

Always be certain of what you are doing! With such a large purchase, buying a house is not always a clear cut decision because there are other factors that also need to be carefully judged.

Best Things to Consider About Owning a Home

Owning your own house means that you have more privacy. You don't have to worry about landlords coming in or your neighbors bothering you as often.

You also will find that your property will increase in value over time. This is an excellent way to build equity without having to do a lot of specific things on your own.

If you have a fixed-rate mortgage, you know that your costs are not going to change. You pay the same amount for the fixed amount of time and that is that.

You may actually feel closer with your community if you own a home because you have more stock in where you live. People are putting down their roots when they purchase and plan to live in one place for a long time, so there is a deeper meaning.

If you need to build credit, this can be a good way to do it. You will feel more pride in homeownership as well.

Families with pets or lots of kids can enjoy the house much easier when it is owned.

Lastly, if you need extra storage space or want to change anything about your living space, you can easily do so with a house that you own. If you are renting, these things are not so easy to add-on later.

Worst Things to Consider About Owning a Home

You are making a very long-term commitment financially when you buy a house.

Whenever maintenance needs to be completed, it will become your responsibility as the owner of the property. This includes small repairs or large repairs as they occur.

Even though you may have a fixed-rate mortgage, it still will require higher payments than typical rent prices.

You will generally have higher upfront costs as well, so this can be difficult for some people to scrounge up and save when they are ready to buy.

In some cases, the value of your house may not increase and it could be a bad choice to make from the get-go. Selling a home may become a risk. If you want to learn more about selling your home in a forced situation, like a divorce, check out the link to see what you can find.

Another thing to think about is that when you buy a home, you cannot move to a new location at any point because you are going to have to stick with your financial decision for the long-term.

The last thing is that you also will not have the amenities that you may have with a rental property, such as a swimming pool, lounge area, or free gym access.

Being a Homeowner 

As you can see, there are both pros and cons of buying a house. This is true no matter how much money you may have or where you are planning to live.

All factors need to be considered before you make any major decisions, but especially the financial and time commitments.

After all, it is a big choice to make if you decide to become the owner of your own home.

When or if you are ready to start looking for homes, checking out open houses near your preferred location is a great place to start. You can get more insight into what is available, but also see if something is the right fit for your needs.

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