Owning vs. Renting in Colorado: The Pros and Cons

Owning vs. Renting in Colorado: The Pros and Cons

Whenever the demand for housing is strong, prices tend to rise. This makes choosing between renting or buying a real concern. So what are the benefits of owning vs. renting a home?

Most young people start their adulthood by renting an apartment. As they progress in their careers and income and start families, most choose to buy a home. But, how do you know if you’re ready to buy a home? Here are some pros and cons of buying and renting a Colorado home:


Buying a Colorado Home

Advantages of buying a home: 

  • Building equity over time. This is one of the biggest differences between owning and renting a home. Each mortgage payment towards your home loan helps build your equity in your home.

  • Tax benefits. Homeownership provides several benefits during tax season. Homeowners can deduct mortgage interest, property tax payments, and certain expenses from their income tax.

  • Creative freedom. When you own your home, you don’t need to ask the landlord’s permission to hang photos, paint walls, or make the upgrade you want in your home. You are your own landlord!

  • Putting down roots. Buying a home can help you feel more connected to a neighborhood. This sense of community can be incredibly valuable.

Costs associated with buying a Colorado home: 

  • Earnest money, down payment, appraisal/inspection fees, property taxes, insurance, closing costs

  • Loan payments

  • Utilities in addition to monthly expenses

  • Maintenance and upkeep (generally 1% of your home’s value annually)

  • Furnishing, repairs, renovations

Renting a Colorado Home

Advantages of renting a home: 

  • Predictable expenses. You’ll plan for rent expenses based on the terms of your lease.

  • Flexibility. Renters can pick up and move easily if you don’t like your location or neighbors.

  • Less risk. Because you don’t own the home, you have no risk or exposure to the real estate market.

  • Easier to qualify with credit. Qualifying for a home loan is a more extensive process than renting a home.

Costs associated with renting a Colorado home:

  • Security deposit

  • First month’s rent

  • Nonrefundable deposits

  • Laundry

  • Monthly expenses like utilities or internet, depending on the terms of your lease



Renting vs. buying is a personal choice based on your own situation. To have an in-depth conversation with an expert about your personal considerations, reach out to a professional here at Corken+Company. Even if you’re not ready to buy a home, a real estate agent will be happy to talk to you, answer your questions about buying a home and the real estate market, and most importantly, help you make an informed decision.



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