Capital Mortgages opened in January 1999 and has since serviced thousands of clients and arranged several billion dollars in mortgages in Ottawa area.

Why is Buying Property More Financially Savvy Than Renting?

There’s no denying it – owning a home in today’s incredibly competitive real estate market can be daunting. From bidding wars to the highest property prices in history in Ottawa, it can seem like much more comfortable of a bet to rent. However, there are some undeniable benefits of buying property – read on to find out why it may be a better choice.

1. You’re building equity

Each payment you make towards your mortgage is putting money in YOUR pocket, not somebody else’s! Granted, the first few years of your mortgage payments will go in part towards interest, but at the end of the day you’re still building equity and increasing your net worth.

2. You gain privacy and the freedom of choice

Not a fan of your kitchen? You can renovate! Feel like painting your walls in a bright color? Nobody is stopping you. Owning a home means that you have the option to decorate and make changes to it as you please. You’ll also get to avoid visits from landlords, or having to play by anybody else’s rules (unless you live in a condo, in which case you’re required to follow the building’s guidelines). 

3. Your property will likely increase in value

At the rate that the Ottawa property market has been accelerating, the same home that you bought for $600,000 today will likely be worth more in even just a year. This means that if you choose to sell, you get to keep the capital gains on your property, minus any applicable tax.

4. Your monthly mortgage payments will sometimes be cheaper than renting

Depending on a variety of factors such as your neighborhood, the cost of your property, and the cost of your property taxes, your mortgage payments will sometimes be cheaper than renting the same home. Even if your monthly mortgage payments when factoring in additional costs ends up being higher than the cost of rent, know that you’re guaranteed to be paying a fixed amount per month for years to come – unlike renting, where a landlord can easily spike the price.

If you’d like to crunch the numbers and figure out if buying a home is worth it for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 613-228-3888 to speak to a mortgage broker.

 

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Capital Mortgages opened in January 1999 and has since serviced thousands of clients and arranged several billion dollars in mortgages in Ottawa area.

Renting Vs. Owning – What To Know Before Buying Your First Home

Chances are, you’ve heard from countless people that owning a home is the best financial decision you can make. By investing in property, you’re accumulating net worth over time. By renting, you’re “throwing money out the window”. 

Although people will always need a place to live, which costs money regardless,  there are definitely a few major upsides to owning property.

Renting offers tenants flexibility, predictable monthly expenses, and the peace of mind of knowing that somebody else will cover the cost and time needed to make any necessary repairs to the property you’re living in. You don’t have to worry about the sudden cost of replacing a new roof, and your biggest concern is whether your landlord will sell the property or increase your rent at the end of each lease term. 

On the other hand, home ownership provides you with the coveted opportunity to build long term equity, a sense of stability, and a feeling of belonging to your community. It provides you with the freedom to renovate to your heart’s content, the ability to grow your net worth within a secure investment and the future potential to earn rental income and pay off your mortgage faster by renting out your basement, or a spare room within your home.

There is also the added possibility of your home increasing exponentially in value over several years. We’ve seen this at an increasing pace in Ottawa, with the value of local homes skyrocketing within even the past year. This means that you could easily have bought something at $400,000 just a year or two ago, and now be able to sell it for $550,000 in the current bidding war climate.

Do note that your new home will come with several expenses in addition to your mortgage before making the decision to buy. Some of these expenses include: transactional costs, property taxes, garbage removal, water and sewer service, repairs and maintenance around the house, pest control, landscaping, homeowners insurance and mortgage interest. However, pretty soon you’ll be chipping away at your principal payments and eventually, will own your home outright – putting several hundreds of thousands of dollars in your pocket!

Choosing whether to rent or buy is a unique decision that will be different for everyone depending on their lifestyle and personal preferences. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help you make the best decision based on your needs. Give us a call today at 613-228-3888.