ADVANTAGES OF RENTING It seems a shorter list, but one man’s pro is another man’s con, and there are definitely advantages to renting you should factor into your buy-rent decision. ; No responsibility for maintenance. Admittedly, this is a big one. As a renter, you’re not responsible for home maintenance or repair costs. If a toilet backs up, a pipe bursts, or an appliance stops working, you don’t have to call an expensive repair person— you just call your landlord or superintendent. Renters in condos, townhomes, or apartments do not have lawn and grounds care obligations. ; Relocating is easier. When renting, relocating for work is easier. Though a sudden move may require you to break your lease, you can partially offset the cost by subletting your apartment or talking with your landlord. On the other hand, selling a home takes time and effort. If you have a short timeline to sell your home, youmay be forced to accept a lower price and lose some of your investment. ; No real estate market exposure. Home values fluctuate and can decline over time. If you’re a renter, that’s not your problem. If you’re an owner trying to sell — it is.
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