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Wisconsin Home Buying Vs Renting

By Expert Author: Douglas Lenski

If you are moving into an area with the intention of living there for the next seven years, one important decision is whether you should rent or buy your dwelling. You don't want to spend seven years in an apartment if you have a family, so you are left with the decision as to whether or not you will have the equity to make selling worthwhile.
If you are going to buy a house now and then sell the house in seven years, there are several different costs to consider. The purchase costs are what you accrue when you go to closing to buy the house. These are the general closing costs that the seller does not cover, as well as your down payment.
Lost opportunity costs cover what you would have made if you had been able to invest your down payment elsewhere instead of putting it into your home.
Annual costs are the expenses that pop up every month or year while you own the house. Some of these are mortgage payment, renovation expenses, maintenance expenses, homeowner's association fees, property tax payments and home insurance. Some of these (property taxes and the interest portion of your mortgage) are tax deductions. The mortgage payment goes up each year while you own the house because the interest part shrinks, making your tax deduction smaller each year.
Selling costs accrue when you head to closing to sell the house. These include the realtor's commission, the outstanding balance from your lender, as well as any of the closing costs that you have to absorb as part of the transaction.
If you decide to rent for the next seven years, there are also some costs to consider. Initial costs include the security deposit for the property and any realtor's fee.
Yearly costs include contents insurance for the items you have in the property, also known as “renter's insurance,” and your rent payments.
Assuming that home prices will go up an average of 2% and rents go up an average of 3% each year, here is a hypothetical situation to help you decide. Let's say you have the choice between a house costing $200,000 to buy, with 20 percent down and an interest rate of 6%. Property taxes are 1.35% per year. A similar house is available to rent for $1,500 a month, with a $1,500 security deposit.
Factoring in those assumed increases, by the end of year 7, and assuming an industry average cost of $284 per year in contents insurance for a home of that value, you are looking at spending $26,194 in just the seventh year of renting, and a total of $154,620 over seven years on the house.
If you buy the house, you would spend $22,588 in year 7. This assumes a national average expense of $1,351 in paying the water department each year, as well as annual renovations and maintenance and renovations of $1,149 and insurance costs of $1,057. Year 7's Lost Opportunity costs, which come from amortizing the lost value of not investing the $40,000 down payment, are $5,634. Over seven years, you would have spent a projected $115,623 – $38,997 less than you would have if you had rented. Of course, this does assume that you sell the house at that increased value and that the sale goes smoothly and quickly enough to keep from handcuffing you to the home when it is time to leave.
Just from the numbers, it looks like buying is the better choice over seven years. Talk to a Wisconsin mortgage specialist if you are looking to move into the Badger State in the near future!
Source – cost calculator http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/business/buy-rent-calculator.html?_r=0

Douglas Lenski is a 14 year veteran of the mortgage industry and the current President of Wholesale Mortgage Services of Wisconsin. He has trained 20 loan officers and 8 mortgage loan processors. He is considered an expert in the mortgage industry by his peers. He has written many blogs on mortgage rates today , Wisconsin Mortgage rates and many more.

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