Renting a Home is Like Leasing a Car...Sounds Good at First

Reblogger Ron Cooks
Real Estate Agent with The Real Estate Marketplace TX# 584631

Brenda Mullen summs up buying versus leasing a home in a very pratical way.  After looking at the figures she's generated it's easy to see why buying a home is a much better option.

Original content by Brenda Mullen 574299

Renting a Home is Like Leasing a Car...Sounds Good at First

Renting a home is like leasing a can sound good at first until you find out that renting, just like leasing a car, can end up being a lot more expensive then just buying one out right.  Many moons ago, when I went to buy my first car, the sales folks there convinced me that leasing a car would be the way to go.  It seemed really attractive!  The payments on a new car were low and all I had to do was bringbuying a car the car back in great condition (normal wear and tear excepted...but what's that on a car?), and then I could get another car with cheaper payments!  Well, being young and not making a lot of money, I thought this was the perfect solution for me!

So, off I drove in my shiny new leased car thinking I had just made the deal of the century...until the insurance bill came and the registration bill came!  I was amazed at HOW much insurance is for leasing a car AND since the car wasn't mine, the registration was like $500 bucks or something, because I didn't own the car.  

Now, me being young and inexperienced, I called the dealership to say..."What's The Deal?!"  This is costing me way more than I thought it would and I am not pleased.  I also asked them how much would it be to just buy the car and they kind of told me a fib and said it would be waaaayyyy more expensive if I tried to buy.  So, since I was stuck, I continued to pay high insurance and registration rates until I couldn't stand it any longer and called the bank I was leasing from and asked them how much I could just buy the car payment went up like 20 bucks and my insurance rates and registration went way down.  

How does this relate to home buying vs renting?  Buying a home can seem more expensive at first.  After all, it is a big investment, and home buying does cost you some money.  However, renting can cost you the same, or even these days, more since the rental market is so hot.  And I must mention again, that when you are renting, someone else already owns that home.  This means you are helping them pay off their investment while they get to go and own another home.  Most likely the person you are renting from owns another home and you are assisting them to do that.  

Let's look at the numbers really quick.  If you decided to buy a home in San Antonio TX for $150,000 (just a number I picked out of a hat), with a conventional loan with only 5% down, your Principal Payment on that home would be approximately $680.00 at a 4% interest rate (which is about what home buying will cost you in interest rates these days...EXCELLENT by the way).  Property taxes and PMI (a charge for putting down less that 20%) will run you another $530.00 dollars putting your entire payment at a little over $1200.00.  

Guess what rent is going to cost you for that type of home?  Probably at least $950.00 to the $1200.00!  Hmmm, so you say, it costs the same.  But, it is really costing you more on a month to month basis.  First, remember that the $680.00 a month is actually paying for your home...meaning someday that payment, if you stay in the home long enough, will go away and you will actually own the home outright.  Second, some of that payment is interest and you actually get to claim that on your taxes every year and that other $500.00...since a little over $400.00 of that is property get to claim that on your taxes every year too...

So, look at your tax forms and see where the block for that rental payment you get to claim is?  Find it?  No?  That's right, it ain't there.  So, in fact, your rent money is just going to pay off someone else's investment.  Oh and by the way, the real owners, they get to claim that investment on their taxes as well.  Did you know that?  So, because their home is a rental, they get to claim their home as a depreciation and end up making even more money at the end of the year.  

What is the grand total over three years of renting vs owning a home?  Let's take that principle payment of $680.00 over three years and a rental cost of $950.00 over that same three years.  For owning the home you would have paid $24,480 into your own home...for renting you would have paid $34,200.00 for someone else's home.  Now, I ask, what is more expensive, renting or owning?  

Are there times when renting a home or leasing a car make sense?  Of course there are.  For leasing, if you are the kind of person that needs to have a new car every two to three years and don't mind switching out, then lease away.  If you are perhaps military and never plan on staying in San Antonio past the three years you are stationed here, (although I would be careful, there are those of  us who never thought we'd stay and it grew on us!), then renting makes sense.  If you cannot afford to buy a home yet because of credit issues or don't have the money yet, then renting a home makes a ton of sense....

but if you don't fall into the above categories, then renting a home is a lot like leasing a car...sounds good at first until you really look at how expensive it really is!

Piggy Bank and Home

Brenda Mullen – San Antonio Texas Real Estate Professional

San Antonio Texas Real Estate, Buying a home in San Antonio Texas, Selling a home in San Antonio Texas

Selling a San Antonio Texas area home involves many steps and having an experienced  San Antonio  Texas Real Estate Agent by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your San Antonio Texas Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the San Antonio Texas area with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.

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Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Good article to convince qualified buyers to buy versus rent.

Apr 08, 2012 01:18 AM
Andree Huffine
Coldwell Banker Real Estate - Sarasota, FL

I like the way you think and write.  Here in Sarasota Florida, there are people making the same mistake when home prices are about as low as they'll be in the next decade.  Visit my site at for examples of the bargains available here.

Apr 08, 2012 01:24 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Great article! I caught this from Ron Cooks Reblog and glad I did. you lay it all out and make good sound points that are easy to follow! Well done and Have a Blessed and Happy easter

Apr 08, 2012 01:41 AM
LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

I'm GUILTY!!!  I lease all my vehicles and so does my husband. I'm on my 2nd GMC Acadia and plan on turning it in in October to get something else. I guess I just like new vehicles with my clients. If I wasn't in real estate I would probably buy.

Apr 08, 2012 07:08 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I once leased a car and said NEVER AGAIN when it came time to turn it in and I had nothing for all of that money I had paid!

When does renting make sense? When you are older, solo and don't want to have to deal with repairs. When you are going through a divorce and not ready to purchase just yet once again...............I would say 99% of the time, purchasing a home is THE way to go!

Apr 13, 2012 10:46 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Ron,

This is a GREAT post and  your advice is even better!  You are the man!!!

Oct 23, 2014 02:13 AM