Whether you’re a fan of karaoke or not, it’s probably not a huge deal for you to stand up in front of some friends and belt out a favorite song of yours from highschool- maybe some Hootie & the Blowfish or a Kelly Clarkson hit. You might be a little nervous but you’re not going to give it too much thought. But now imagine having to sing that song in a stadium full of people. Things are going to be a bit different aren’t they?! You’re likely going to be much more nervous because the stakes are a lot higher! Well similarly, the stakes are higher than ever when it comes to finding the right housing for you. Prices have gone through the roof whether you’re renting or looking to buy. The typical American homeowner saw a gain of $50,000 of home equity in 2021- that’s insane! With the stakes so high, we’re going to weigh in with our thoughts about how you should proceed if you’re not sure whether you should keep renting or take the plunge into homeownership.

  • If you’re stuck on the financials as you’re trying to decide, then a rent vs buying calculator that takes into account your specific location can be helpful.
  • Maybe you know that you’re going to purchase home- well be sure to shop around with a company like Credible in order to find the best mortgage for you.
  • Investing your money for the purchase of a house is a tricky proposition- you want to see it grow but you also don’t want to risk seeing it decline right before you need it for a down payment. But if you’re looking at a time frame of at least 2 years then we’d recommend a conservative target date fund that has already reached it’s date, like Vanguard’s 2020 fund. Also check out the ETF: HOM that was specifically created for saving up a down payment.
  • Extra cash – And regardless of where you are on the path to financial independence, we believe in the responsible use of credit cards. It’s smart to utilize the additional benefits that credit cards offer- for instance the 60,000 points that come with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards! This is no joke- I’ve already done this myself which we discussed on a recent episode after I met the initial spending requirements of $4,000 over 3 months!

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