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The Cost of Renting vs Buying a Home

October 4, 2019

Cost of Renting vs Buying a Home

Cost of Renting vs Buying a Home

Brendan Styles from C-Finance Brokers is an expert mortgage and financial advisor and has many years of experience working with clients to review the cost of renting vs buying a home. We asked him to share his expertise on the question of renting vs buying.

Brendan: Firstly, the question of renting vs buying mostly affects first home buyers or those that have just sold their home and need flexibility for life and investment choices.

As an example, if you are currently renting in the northern suburbs of Brisbane for an average of $380-450 per week, it is cheaper to rent rather than buy a home. However this simple cost of renting vs buying a home comparison only compares one variable out of several and if you want to own your own home, there are three key things to consider:

1) Now vs the Future – “Pain vs Gain” – How willing are you to make sacrifices in the short term, for a long term benefit?

If you only ever rent then you cannot benefit from potential capital growth as you might with buying your own home. You will probably experience rent increases each six months…and every $15 per week increase in rent is the same as a .25% increase on a $350K mortgage.

2) Security & Control. Most of our first home clients value this, almost as equally as the cost equation. We do get sick of being told what we can and cannot do, having to open for inspection etc. If you want to have security and control over your living situation, it is better to buy v rent.

3) Good time to buy: While interest rates are staying at a record low, and the First Home Buyers Grant ($15000 towards a brand new build for eligible buyers) is still going…it’s a good time to buy.

Renting vs Buying a Home

My advice is simple, read books like barefoot investor to learn more about making the short-term sacrifice for a home loan. And, do your research…getting into a new home can be easier and potentially cheaper than you think at this stage in the market, providing you want to live in the area for the mid to long term. Check the numbers, but also consider all the factors when making this decision.

To find out more from Brendan and the team at C-Finance Brokers about renting vs buying, click here.

North Harbour has a variety of house and land packages which are great for First Home Buyers, with prices on our 3-bed detached house and land packages starting from $380,575. If you would like to find out more about house and land packages at North Harbour, please contact us.

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BITE Markets at North Harbour is a brand-new dining experience at North Harbour. Bite offers cuisine from over 40 flavour makers, live entertainment and kids playspace and is the perfect place to eat, drink and catch up with friends and family. Located at Exit 150 off the Bruce Highway on Nolan Drive, open from 4pm-10pm every Friday and Saturday night. Click here to see Bite TV!

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North Harbour Café (located in the Sales Centre building, next to a very popular kids playground) is also open every weekend for hot and cold drinks, breakfast and lunch plus Friday Burger Nights.