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August 29, 2011

Rent, Own, or the Hybrid of Rent to Own?

Hi Folks,
   Welcome back, and I hope all of you made it safely through Hurricane Irene, and ironically, this weekend was the 6-Year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I am still without power, as I post this from a laptop with draining power and through my wireless Droid hotspot. But...the show must go on...

   Oftentimes, when people are renting a home, they get to a point where they realize that they are paying their landlord's mortgage, putting the landlord's kids through college, or any of a million other ways to spin it. But with the complete change in the "norm" that has taken place over the last few years, these thoughts need to be seriously weighed in light of many other factors.

   David Getson, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential in the District of Columbia, was recently quoted in a story by Michele Lerner ("Rent-vs.-own equation changing"), and said that the decision to buy a home vs. rent a home is, “Usually this is an emotional decision rather than a financial one, based on their desire for a dog, to start a family, to put down roots or just to have the ability to paint their walls whatever color they want.”

   Lerner writes that the decision to move from renter to homeowner was "simpler in 2005 for two reasons", which she points to as the "trajectory" of real estate prices that made buyers "comfortable that the property purchase would be a good investment", coupled with the fact that mortgage lenders "made it easy for buyers to qualify, even if they lacked cash and had yet to demonstrate a pattern of creditworthiness." However, she writes, the decision nowadays required "more measured thinking about the emotional impact and the financial implications of purchasing a home."

   Getson advises that potential buyers must look at their lifestyle today and the lifestyle they expect to have in 5+ years. In the same story, Bennett Whitlock, a financial adviser and managing director of Whitlock and Associates in Lake Ridge, Va., said, "becoming a homeowner should be part of an overall financial plan rather than a simple rent-versus-own decision."

   Lerner says that instead of contacting a Realtor as a first step (as most potential buyers do), they really should visit a lender and estimate how much they can borrow. Mark Goldstein, president of Capitol Funding in Rockville, adds that some important factors are Job Security, the amount of time the buyers plan to stay in the home, and suggests that buyers should assume 5+ years in the home to recoup costs and see appreciation (similar to the comments of Getson).

   Financially, Getson says that buyers today, "seem to recognize that their comfort level with the monthly payment is more important than borrowing as much as they are approved for". With that in mind, Whitlock suggests to avoid spending more than 33% of your gross monthly income on housing costs. As for a security cushion to cover home maintenance and repairs, Goldstein recommends that you keep some cash reserves on hand.

   Goldstein suggests that one way he advises buyers to prepare for homeownership is to, "take the difference between their current rent and their prospective mortgage payment and put that money in a savings account each month”, and adds that this helps the prospective buyer "get used to the monthly payment and make sure they are comfortable with it, rather than finding out six months after they bought a house that they are paying too much for their mortgage". Definitely a fantastic idea!

   Rent or Own? Decisions, Decisions...! How about the best of both worlds...Rent to Own? Great idea? Yes, I know...shameful promotion time...Rent to Own Homes via our website (HomeRun Homes). OK, sometimes we plug the site...the idea is not to abuse it !

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Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
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