Pros of Renting

Lower cost upfront – As a renter, you will be required to pay first and last month’s rent and perhaps a security deposit for a pet. If you buy, you will be required to pay a hefty down payment, plus costs for the home inspection, closing costs and other potential items such as a survey and sewer scope. It’s a difference of a few thousand dollars if you rent compared with tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars if you buy.    Freedom and flexibility – If you are new to the area, you can rent and use this time to check out neighborhoods to see where you might possibly want to buy. By renting you can test an area without committing to it.

Pros of Buying a House

Build equity – When you pay rent, you don't own anything. When you pay a mortgage, you increase your degree of ownership in your home with every payment. Also, you can borrow against your ownership (or equity) in the home to pay for major purchases and you can refinance your home at favorable rates to help fund major purchases.

Renting Studio Apartments

Spruce Up a Studio by Making the Most of Your Space - Many renters and first-time homebuyers often start out with a small studio or one-bedroom condo, which can result in a lack of space. However, there are ways around this. A starting point is to look at how you can save space and make your room look larger than it actually is.