1. There is no tax break for renting: You won’t be able to claim any deduction for mortgage interest and property taxes when you file your tax returns. Your housing costs aren’t fixed like they are with a fixed-rate mortgage. Your rent will most likely grow from year to year. 2. A $1000/month rental payment adds up quickly to a whopping $120,000 over 10 years, when the same amount of money could have gone toward reducing 1/3 of the debt on a 30-year home mortgage by essentially making the payments to yourself instead of a landlord. Wow! 3. Renting has little to no ROI: Renters don’t have to worry about maintaining a residence or paying the mortgage. But if you’ve been renting long term, chances are you’re already performing home maintenance on some level and you’re at your landlord’s mercy when it comes to major repairs. And when it comes to paying the mortgage, there are many advantages over rental payments, which don’t provide any return on investment beyond securing a place to live through the end of the month or lease.
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