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Because interest rates are still low, owning your own home could actually save you money each month.  Also, by making payments to your mortgage, you build valuable equity in your home that can help you achieve financial freedom down the line.

Depending on your circumstances, your monthly mortgage payments—including taxes, insurance, HOA/condo fee—could be less than paying rent. Here’s an example of a recent home for sale.

Notepad with buy or rent message, pen and flower

Monthly Mortgage Payment: $2091.46 (PITIA)*

Monthly Average Rent: $2125*

Location: Columbia, MD

* Listing information and monthly average rent obtained from Bright.MLS

Payment example: Based on 3.375% rate as of February 15, 2022. Loan amount of $290,000. 100% 30-year fixed at 3.375% with an APR of 4.688%. The $2,091.46 payment is comprised of $1,282.08 principal and interest, estimated monthly taxes $290.91 and estimated monthly homeowner’s insurance of $49.30. PMI required estimated monthly payment $430.17. HOA monthly fee of $39.00 included in this example.

If interested in a similar home, contact Eric Pakulla (a HomeAdvantage agent), Pakulla Professionals — Remax Advantage Realty.

Am I better off buying? 

If you have a home property in mind, Tower can help you get the facts before making a decision. Use the Should You Rent or Buy? calculator to help you find the “after-tax” net cost of owning a house versus renting a house.

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