Renting a home can often be more expensive than owning a home in the long term due to several financial benefits associated with home ownership especially if the home is sold after 10 years.

Let’s break down the key factors to illustrate why this might be the case:

Assumptions…

Appreciation Schedule

Assuming a 7% annual appreciation rate over the last 10 years for a home in the Bay Area:

  • Initial Home Value: $1,500,000
  • Appreciated Value After 10 Years: $2,950,726.50

Mortgage and Refinancing

Assuming a 20% down payment and an initial interest rate of 7%, refinanced to 6% after 6 months:

  • Initial Mortgage: $1,200,000
  • Initial Interest Rate: 7%
  • Refinanced Interest Rate: 6%
  • Loan Term: 30 years

Tax Write-Off

In a 32% tax bracket, the mortgage interest is tax-deductible, providing substantial tax savings.

Rent vs. Buy Scenario

Comparing the cost of renting at $6,000 per month with a 2.65% annual inflation rate over 10 years versus owning.

Renting Costs

  • Initial Rent: $6,000 per month
  • Annual Rent Increase: 2.65%
  • Total Rent Paid Over 10 Years: Approximately $812,218

Homeownership Costs

  • Monthly Mortgage Payment:
    • Initial 6 months at 7%: $7,983.63 per month
    • Remaining term at 6%: $7,238.39 per month
  • Total Mortgage Payments:
    • Initial 6 months: $47,901.78
    • Subsequent 9.5 years: $825,837.42
    • Total: $873,739.20

Tax Savings

  • First Year Interest Payment: $84,000
  • First Year Tax Savings: $26,880
  • Subsequent Years Interest Payment: $72,000 per year
  • Subsequent Years Tax Savings: $23,040 per year
  • Total Tax Savings Over 10 Years: $234,240
  • Net Mortgage Payments (after Tax Savings): $639,499.20

Sale of the Home After 10 Years

  • Appreciated Home Value: $2,950,726.50
  • Original Purchase Price: $1,500,000
  • Capital Gain: $2,950,726.50 – $1,500,000 = $1,450,726.50
  • Capital Gains Exclusion for Married Couple: $500,000
  • Taxable Capital Gain: $950,726.50
  • Capital Gains Tax (20%): $190,145.30

Summary of Costs and Benefits

Renting Costs (Over 10 Years)

  • Total Rent Paid: $812,218

Homeownership Costs (Over 10 Years)

  • Total Mortgage Payments: $873,739.20
  • Total Tax Savings: $234,240
  • Net Mortgage Payments (after Tax Savings): $639,499.20
  • Capital Gains Tax: $190,145.30

Financial Outcome After Selling the Home

  • Net Proceeds from Sale: $2,950,726.50 (Appreciated Value) – $1,200,000 (Remaining Mortgage Balance) – $190,145.30 (Capital Gains Tax) = $1,560,581.20

Conclusion (Including Home Sale)

When considering the sale of the home after 10 years:

  • Total Cost of Renting: $812,218
  • Net Cost of Owning (including mortgage payments and tax savings): $639,499.20
  • Net Proceeds from Home Sale: $1,560,581.20

Owning a home not only becomes more cost-effective compared to renting over 10 years but also significantly increases the homeowner’s net worth through appreciation and equity building. The net proceeds from selling the home further amplify the financial benefits of homeownership, making it a far more attractive option for long-term wealth accumulation.

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Rob McCarthy
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