Rent or Buy?

SHOULD YOU BUY OR RENT?

Homes-for-rent-in-Spring-TexasThe first step is to understand the arguments in favor of buying and renting. To calculate whether buying or renting makes more sense financially, you need to have a sense of your monthly costs in each case, including rent, mortgage payments, taxes, insurance and other related expenses that may apply to each option—as well as whether you would be more likely to spend or invest any savings from renting.

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Renters Unaware Rental Payments Regularly Reported to Credit Bureaus

Survey: Only Half of U.S. Consumers Realize Rental Payments Can Be Regularly Reported to Credit Bureaus

Renters Are Confused About What Payments Impact Their Credit Standing

rentingNearly half (48 percent) of renters mistakenly believe rental payments are automatically reported to credit bureaus. The survey findings reveal widespread confusion about which payments are included in a consumer’s credit history. A majority wrongly believe payments for cable and internet fees (53 percent), utility fees (54 percent) and cell phone bills (52 percent) are regularly reported to credit bureaus. At the same time, less than a third (29 percent) correctly identified mortgage payments as data that is regularly reported to credit bureaus.

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