What’s better, rent or buy your own home?

If you’re currently renting a place, and thinking of buying a house or condo,here  is a chart that might interest you.

Owning a home is a personal choice, and more than simply a financial decision.  Other factors come to play, such as lifestyle, job security, etc .

How to read this Chart:

Along the bottom you will find monthly rental payments, ranging from $1,000 to $1,750 per month.  The corresponding home price, ranging from $165,000 to $326,000  assume a mortgage rate of 3.04% over 25 yrs, which is the current available rate, for a 5-yr fixed with the Royal Bank of Canada.

This rate also assumes a monthly property tax of $150 per month, and a heating bill of $80 per month.

Rent or Buy ?
Which is a better option for YOU? To rent or buy?




(Unfortunately this needs to be said, because the last time we showed a chart like this, some knuckle-heads took offence):  This chart is simply for comparison and informational purposes.  DON’T go buy a house based on this chart.  Speak to a financial adviser  or mortgage professional first.  This chart is merely an aide to help you decide whether its better to rent or buy


Interest rates are very low, and now is a great time to buy your first home.  Contact me for a free, 45-minute consultation.

Thank you to Lori Steingart, RBC Mortgage Specialist, for providing the data in this chart.


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We just need to be a little more conservative and as brokers focus on more than just getting a client approved for what they qualify for. The latest bank data shows that total Canadian outstanding household credit rose to $1.869 trillion in August, up an annualized pace of 5.9% from July. Compared to the previous year, household debts were up 5% – the highest year-over-year increase since October 2012. Residential mortgage debt shot up 7.5% annualized in August, raising the three-month rate to 7%.

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