Renters...BUY a home and live for free!
The ads are everywhere: "Stop paying someone else's mortgage!!..."OWN for less than you're paying in rent!!...and one of my favorites, "The call YOUR place an apartment- while your buddy next-door owns his 'condo thing'".
O.K., you got me. The last one's a favorite quote because I was quoting myself. Nothing gets past you guys!
Over the past few years, I've been amazed by 1) how successful fellow Realtors and builders have been at fashioning an 'us vs. them' mentality between the "owning public" and the "renting public"- but also 2) how pitifully inept the response from the "renting public" folks has been thus far.
"Owning folks": "Stop paying that guy's mortgage!", "Set your own rules!", "Paint your walls however you'd like- because they're your walls!"
"Renting folks": "Chirp...chirp!"
Hmmmm..... I don't know- it's a tough call. As many know, I'm living life in the Property Management Lane with a foot over the line into Sales-land (hence my positions on our Realtors association's Property Management Sub-Committee as well as it's Governmental Affairs Committee). Property Management and leasing is how I earn my living and (barely...somewhat) pay my bills.
There are good folks on both sides of our buy/rent fence- and while we really don't have to be loving each other, we can still be neighborly. As the great orator Rodney King once intimated, we can "get along".
We "Renting folks" had better step up our game and get the word out about the benefits that our side of the fence offers. From not having to pay HOA dues, to not having to pay property taxes, to not having to maintain appliances and so forth- there are benefits that come with one's renting a place versus them owning it.
In today's world, it's imperative to wave the "Renting is Good!" flag whenever we can- 'cause if word gets out that folks can jump over to the "buying" side of town and live free for a year and 1/2 without paying their mortgages, we'll be in a world of hurt.
So shhhhh..... don't say a word.
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