Owning a home with a yard big enough to accommodate two cars, a caravan and a pool was once the holy grail for most Australian families, but demographic and lifestyle changes have given dwelling buyers far more options these days, than those available to their parents. Housing lot sizes in major cities have shrunk to the bare minimum, and the growth in apartment living has become a long-term lifestyle choice.
For Those Who Prefer to Live in a House
Many home seekers have already decided that an apartment is not for them. They may have an aversion to living too close to neighbours or have possessions that need space to display and store. Perhaps they already have a menagerie of pets, or they want a yard and garden to get outdoors and enjoy leisure time. Now their only decision is whether to rent or to buy.
Pros and Cons of Renting
Renting is an excellent option for those who struggle to save a house deposit. Once tenants pay their bond and the first couple of weeks rent, they can move in and, provided they pay their rent on time, the property is theirs to live in and enjoy, with just the occasional pre-arranged property inspections to manage.
Another benefit of renting is that, apart from keeping the property tidy and well-managed as required by the tenancy agreement, the landlord pays the repair and maintenance expenses. It is also easier for tenants to move to another area at the end of their tenancy if they wish. However, this can be a negative if they want to stay but the owner does not want to extend the tenancy.
Our sales and property managers at Bunbury Real Estate see both sides of this conundrum every day. They use their market knowledge and professional expertise to assist clients to find the accommodation solution that suits their individual circumstances and lifestyle choice.
Pros and Cons of Buying
Just like renting, buying also has its positives and negatives. Those with a deposit and a housing loan can either buy an existing property or build a new home. People who buy rather than rent usually want stability and to become a permanent part of a community. They know they must pay for repairs, but they also have the freedom to decorate to their own taste.
On the downside, emergency circumstances can see homeowners desperate to sell their property for quick cash. This leaves them vulnerable to losses through market fluctuations. However, as owners, they can, instead, raise cash using the equity in their home rather than sell. The biggest benefit to buying rather than renting is that eventually, they will own a substantial unencumbered asset.