If You’re in Your 20s, How to Decide Between Buying a House With a Loan vs. Renting

This post is all about buying or renting a house in your 20s.

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You might have started being fondled at your job and thinking of being a settled person and suddenly a question hits you. Is 20 the ‘right’ age of buying a house on a loan, or should you just rent one nice-looking place? There might be a whirlpool of questions that might be strangling your mind right now. The thing is, before manifesting any decision; you must count each of the pros-cons systems of each option. 

Some say 20 is a very tangibly young age to make any serious investment, let alone, buying a house. And some say, being in 20 is literally the safest age to take a loaned house. But we need a strategic decision here. So, let’s find out the claims of either buying a house on loan or renting a place, in your delicate 20.

Things to address before mugging up a decision:

  • What are your long-term goals?
  • Are you satisfied with the career you have right now?
  • Do you need another investment made before this very vital one, which is a house?
  • Are you up for the responsibility of being a homeowner?
  • Do you have the taste of the current market and the very market that is going to be sustained in the future? 
  • Do you want to live under your responsibility or someone else’s?
  • Do you know the maths backing up mortgages? Or is it too much? Is mortgage-building compromising overwhelming you?
  • You are an adult, even legally, sure. But are you a grown-up?

Renting a house in your 20s

It is a palpable fact that in their 20s, people are not very much professionally secure, or at least this is the case of many (if not most) youngsters. Individuals are building their work security, some are still managing their educational and skill acquisition and might be even considering a variety of options other than securing a home. Renting, in that case, becomes too obvious of an option. 

If one is renting a cool place that allows them to use their additional wage to be utilized in other activities such as sustaining a car, or reviving new educational courses, etc. – it all makes sense. Here, renting is highly advised if one is NOT thoroughly insisted on a job that allows security and considerably concrete checks at the end of the month.  Being in your 20s is a very confusing ‘phase’ where you might be wandering through a job and even career option. DO NOT RUSH IN ALLOWING A HOUSE IN YOUR NAME unless you are promptly satisfied with the pace of your income and the job you are doing. 

Renting also saves you from the grave responsibility of being a homeowner, which is in itself a big authority. Doing something all by oneself is something that may not come easy to all those who are in their 20s yet. Renting could help people practice ‘owning’ a home, like assuring them how to handle things regarding a house. This also includes assuring insurances, the cost that it preaches, and the importance of it.

You should rent a house in your 20s, if:

  • You don’t need too much responsibility.
  • You are still learning how to do taxes.
  • You don’t like the job you are currently stuck at and are seeking a way out.
  • You don’t like the career altogether.
  • You would want to change cities, states, and even countries at some point.
  • You still have your eyes upon a college degree that you want to secure before settling in.
  • You want to travel before settling in.
  • You just learned to set up your college room in the right way, with the right essentials that your dorm room needs. And buying a house is too much. 
  • Renting is fast, and allows you to be more flexible.
  • You don’t have enough down payments.
  • You don’t want the burden of bad judgment, and hence bad investment. 

Buying a house in the 20s. Well, should you?

Let us start by addressing the fact that buying a house brings you an immense sense of safety and lifestyle, be it at any age. And there is so much fun and freedom in being a homeowner. But with great power comes great responsibility, thank you, Uncle Ben.

It is a very pervasive idea that mortgage payment is equal to paying rent to the homeowner. It is safe to say, it is a stupid idea. Rent payments are truly way, WAY, more affordable than mortgages. And if you don’t have a cemented salary pace, the payment cycle may clog your financial stack. 

But if you do have that sort of down payment by making smart-saving practices and could afford to sustain the wrath of mortgages, you might want to hop on owning a house. First of all, the appraisal in market price could allow you a good and promising profit in future. If you have a strong eye on a property, and your finance to support your investment, buying could be a very smart choice. Since knowing the market, the price of a good place is shooting like a rocket, every day. If you are validating a house in your 20s, you have a longer tenor to actualize the payment, and due to your age, your chances are better in attaining better funds. 

If any day you would want to exchange your place, you could even rent out the place and live up the wage out of it. The rate of the mortgage is another benefit. Where the rent could diversely change over time, the rate of your mortgage could be keenly stable. Also, you should not forget the fact that you are building up equity via losing a set of money among the clatter of time.

What about additional costs?

Apart from the legit ‘financial suitability’, we do have other or per se additional costs that can hitch you, whether you are renting or buying. Let’s discuss such costs.

Homeowners have this very applicable tax benefit that could not be accessible if you are a renter. On both property tax payment and mortgage interest, homeowners may have a lightened rate. Sadly, renters can not bolt away from tax payments.

Where homeowners would be required to invest their best and all-in sustaining certain utilities like painting the house, having everything installed, and whatnot, renters need not worry about such major responsibilities.

For renters, apart from the monthly renting payment, you would first be required to assist with application fees – literally the starter pack. Then there would be moving costs, some landowners ask for advancement payment, area or house management fees that you put with, pet deposits (if you have one). While homeowners would be required to renovate and furnish their place, that is not cheap at all.


Homeowners’ insurance cost is gravely more expensive than renters’ insurance cost, since we know, homeowner insurance contains security massive things including the whole property while renters’ insurance cost seeks only personal stuff and gears.


So, are you now able to conclude your goals in terms of the points made earlier in this article? Before making up a decision, make sure you evaluate everything holistically to be able to gauge away any issues in the future. Renting could somehow be safer if you are not secure, and buying a place could be profitable and promise overall security if you are able to make a smart investment. Think again, think thoroughly. 


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