Renting a House vs Buying a House
Selecting a place to live in and whether to rent it or own it is a big decision to make. Many people prefer to own a house rather than living in a rented apartment while there are others who choose to do exactly the opposite. There are several reasons that make people to rent houses rather than buying it. Moreover, certain effects are also associated with this.
Firstly, people usually rent a house because buying a house or flat is expensive and needs large amount of money. Also, increasing prices of houses in big and developed cities makes it difficult or even impossible to buy a house. Therefore, these people prefer to rent a house or an apartment. Secondly, people rent a house because they want to invest their money in other fields such as stock market, to open a small business, funding of a company and other investments (Dunn et al, 2008). Furthermore, it is the best accommodation for overseas students who seeks for a place of living and they usually prefer to share a house with other students to mitigate the expenditures. Moreover, the tenants can easily change their house in case of any difficulties that they encounter such as noisy neighbours, inappropriate neighbourhood and the like (Cooper, 2014, p. 69). Besides this, renting a house allows people more opportunities to choose the one they really like. For example, some people prefer the house equipped with more facilities, such as a swimming pool, a beautiful yard. Similarly, other people tend to rent the house with the style of decoration they are in favour of. Finally, renting a house can have more flexibilities. People living in a renting house could live or work anywhere. Because unlike the owner, they don’t have any concern about the house (Danziger, 2004, p. 11)
On the other hand, owning a house can promote a feeling of personal achievement. People living in a house not owned by themselves may feel no the sense of belonging. This may be caused by some potential uncertainties, such as the landlord breaks the contract suddenly or declines a renewal (Harris, 2009, p. 462). Another drawback may be that renting is not a cost-efficient way, compared with buying. Because the price of a house is rising in the long run, due to inflation. Lastly, renting a house instead of buying can make it difficult for people to adjust. People who prefer renting a house have to change their residency more as compared to those who own the house and prefer living there. Certain adjustment issues create by these people especially children. They face issues with their studies and sometimes, they even cannot find suitable environment for themselves (DiMaggio, and Louch, 2008, p. 623).
In the end, it is believed that renting a house is particularly suitable to those people who cannot afford their own house and not want settle in a particular city or an area due to several reasons. Moreover, some people like to spend their money in other things such as investments and many more. Moreover, renting a house may have a long-term negative effects such as adjustment issues.
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DiMaggio, P. and Louch, H., 2008. Socially embedded consumer transactions: For what kinds of purchases do people most often use networks?. American sociological review, pp.619-637.
Harris, D.R., 2009. ” Property values drop when blacks move in, because…”: racial and socioeconomic determinants of neighborhood desirability. American sociological review, pp.461-479.
Dunn, E.W., Aknin, L.B. and Norton, M.I., 2008. Spending money on others promotes happiness. Science, 319(5870), pp.1687-1688.
Cooper, C., 2014. The house as symbol of the self. The people, place, and space reader.