Posted on | April 27, 2010 | No Comments
In this frustrated economy, is buying or renting a home better?
A recent New York Times article examined the issue, suggesting readers make the decision using the “rent ratio”:
“A simple way to do the comparison is to look at something called the rent ratio: the purchase price of a house divided by the annual cost of renting a similar one.
The number 20 provides a useful rule of thumb. When you do the math, you discover that a ratio above 20 means you should at least consider renting, especially if you may move again in the next five years or so. When the ratio is well below 20, the case for buying becomes a lot stronger.”
The article went on to note that areas like New York and Los Angeles have recently gone from rent ratios of 25 to 16, so more families are considering purchasing homes in those cities than before.
But there’s more to the decision than just rent ratios.
What many traditional real estate and financial advisors don’t understand is that your home can be more than a roof over your head – it can help provide for your retirement.
Your home’s equity can be separated out and leveraged for long-term savings in a safe, liquid environment with a rate of return. And this process can happen again and again as your equity increases.
By placing the money from your home’s equity in maximum-funded, tax-advantaged life insurance contracts, you can safely prepare for your retirement with clarity and confidence.
And in an economy like this, clarity and confidence can be hard to come by.
Make sure to consider all the advantages of buying a home – beyond just a low rent ratio. And find out more about maximizing your assets and protecting yourself in otherwise uncertain times.