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Should you rent or buy a house?

There are many factors to consider when deciding between renting vs. buying a home. Both options come with their fair share of financial implications so it’s important to understand the pros and cons of renting vs. buying a house prior to making a commitment.

Renting a home often provides more upfront flexibility with your finances, however, you will miss out on making a long-term investment. Buying a home allows you to build equity and reap tax benefits, but owning also comes with more financial responsibility and a greater upfront investment.

Here are the biggest pros and cons for renting vs. buying a home.

Renting Pros

  • Smaller, one-time deposit

  • Limited financial liability

  • No property taxes

  • Fewer unexpected costs

  • Shorter-term commitment

Buying Pros

  • Initial down payment goes toward home value

  • Money paid builds equity

  • Homeowners receive tax deductions and credits

  • Upgrade your home how you'd like

  • Potential for increased financial security

  • Consistent monthly payments

Renting Cons

  • Unexpected rent increases

  • Payments never stop

  • No long-term financial investment opportunity

  • More restrictions

Buying Cons

  • Increased financial responsibility

  • Larger, immediate investment

  • Potential instability in the housing market

  • Selling your home can be costly

  • Less flexibility when it comes time to move

  • Property taxes are costly and fluctuate

Application fee

Security deposit

First and last month's rent

Pet deposit

Down payment

Closing costs

Agent commission

Inspection fee



Renter's insurance

Amenities fee

Monthly pet fee

Property taxes


Homeowners insurance


Private mortgage insurance*

HOA fees (if applicable)

Home maintenance, repairs

*Only required if down payment is less than 20% or until homeowner has more than 20% of equity in their home.

Rent vs. Buy calculator

Our Rent vs. Buy calculator can help you weed through the fees, taxes and monthly payments to help you make a decision between these two options.

How can an Ameriprise advisor help?

If you are considering a move and whether you should buy or rent a house, an Ameriprise advisor can help you:

  • Assess your current financial situation
  • Help develop a plan for short- and long-term goals
  • Provide support throughout the renting or home-buying process

Discuss renting vs. homeownership with a financial advisor

An Ameriprise advisor can help you navigate renting or buying a home and how both options will impact your overall financial situation.

An Ameriprise financial advisor can help you navigate the options available when considering renting or buying a home.

Or, request an appointment online to speak with an advisor.


At Ameriprise, the financial advice we give each of our clients is personalized, based on your goals and no one else's. 

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