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Low mortgage rates and the increasing cost of renting an apartment have many renters now looking seriously at making the commitment to single family living. There obviously are pros and cons for both, and a renter's decision comes down to a personal situation. Personal financial condition, future plans, and the local real estate market are just three of the factors that may influence a renter's decision. The ownership versus renting equation has been in serious flux in recent years. While renters don't build equity, they have greater flexibility in relocating. Neither are housing equities rising like they once were. So the decision has fewer right or wrong answers than maybe it once did. A renter basically must ask “How appealing is the idea of ownership?”

If you purchase a home, you are making a commitment to stay there for at least a few years, so it pays to check out the desirability of neighborhoods carefully and weigh the prospect for getting a return on your investment if you decide to sell later. You don't want a depreciating asset and there are no guarantees. Examine local rental costs versus purchase costs for the local area. What will be your total upfront investment for making a purchase: down payment, closing cost, moving cost, fees for inspections etc., fix-up costs if any, plus any other costs incidental to making the deal. You may face as much as 20% down payment alone. And closing costs could run 5%.

If you rent a property you typically must pay a security deposit and month or so of upfront rent. This should be totally refundable. So the upfront costs of renting versus owning are significantly unbalanced. But rents have been escalating in many cities and as your lease period terminates, you may face a big surprise. While single family homes have been depreciating in many areas of the country, renting definitely doesn't build equity and you don't receive any tax benefits. Probably as big as any factor is the emotional feeling of ownership that comes with buying; the idea that it is yours to do with as you please.

Even if you invest in a home and then must leave it, the option to retain it as rental property makes buying more appealing. While the property may or may not appreciate much in value, you are at least building equity by paying off the mortgage. Also helping offset the cost of ownership are the tax deductions that you receive, and your housing payment will stay relatively stable. Taxes and insurance are the two unknowns.

These two unknown factors plus upkeep of the property weigh on the downside. If you use it as rental, you are responsible for the roof, central heating and cooling system and other maintenance just as if you lived in it. You are still tied to the asset and its responsibilities like paying property taxes. And if it should become a negative asset, you may not be able to sell it as quickly as you would like. The investment you have made in the property may not be readily available for another investment. You should be able to make a relatively long term commitment when you decide to purchase. The idea of a fast turnover for profit simply doesn't work in many markets. So your decision making should include careful thoughts about your long-term plans and expectations: job and income situation, present and future family size, current assets, credit rating and access to financing. How do you rate on a credit-worthy scale? You may realize that you are better off to rent for the present time. Each individual faces different conditions. For greater information to help you make a smart decision, consult REALTOR.com. If you are looking at commercial property, a good source of information is COMMERCIALPropertyDirectory.com.

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Jacksonville Apartment - Cabana Club

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $1055 to $1399


Jacksonville Apartment - Paradise Island

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $780 to $1300


Jacksonville Apartment - Registry At Windsor Parke

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $859 to $1389


Jacksonville Apartment - Spyglass

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Jacksonville Apartment - Hacienda Club

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $1010 to $1850


Jacksonville Apartment - Apartment and Condo Selector Jacksonville

Eff to 4 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $475 to $2500


Jacksonville Apartment - CitiGate

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $975 to $1545


Jacksonville Apartment - Four at Deerwood

Eff to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $955 to $1770


Jacksonville Apartment - Sail Cove Condominiums

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $750 to $1478