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When it's better to buy instead of rent

Individuals in California and throughout the country generally have the ability to either rent or own a property. In some instances, it can be in a person's best interest to rent instead of buy. However, let's take a closer look at some of the reasons why a person may want to buy instead of rent. For instance, those who are looking to become a permanent member of a community may be best served by purchasing a home.

This is because a homeowner will generally need to stay in a house for at least four years to pay off closing and other upfront costs. Therefore, it may not make sense to buy a house unless the buyer is willing to stay there for at least five years or more. Typical closing costs include a down payment, real estate taxes and anything owed to a real estate agent.

Buyers will also need to make sure that they have enough money to maintain and furnish their new homes. Finally, someone who is thinking about purchasing real estate will need to have the willpower to keep the grass at a reasonable height or the gutters clean throughout the year. While it may be easier to call a landlord when something goes wrong, the freedom that comes with being a homeowner may negate that benefit.

Purchasing residential property may help a person secure his or her personal and financial futures. Those who are looking to close on a real estate transaction might want to do so with the help of an attorney. This person may be able to review the terms of a purchase agreement to ensure that signing the pact is in a buyer's best interest. Attorneys might also help resolve disputes that arise before or after the transaction closes.

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