December 15, 2017 | Bob Myers
In a recent CNBC article,  it was reported that many baby boomers are selling their current homes  and moving into rentals, rather than purchasing another home.
“Between 2009 and 2015, the number of renters aged 55 or above rose  28 percent, while those aged 34 or younger only increased 3 percent…
Meanwhile, more than 5 million baby boomers across the nation are  expected to rent their next home by 2020, according to a 2016 analysis  from Freddie Mac.”
This makes sense in the short term for many reasons. If you are moving  to a different part of town or a new region of the country, you may  decide to rent until you pick the perfect home in an area you love.  However, is renting a good long-term strategy?

A mortgage payment remains fixed. Rents, however…

The Census Bureaurecently released their 2017 third quarter median rent numbers. Here is a graph showing rent increases from 1988 until today:

As you can see, rents have steadily increased and are showing no signs  of slowing down. If you are faced with making the decision of whether  you should rent or buy your next home, you should take this into  consideration.

Bottom Line

One way to protect yourself from rising rents is to lock in your housing  expense by buying a home instead of renting. Meet with me so we can discuss what the best step is for  you and your family!

Please consider The Myers Team your resource for all things real estate. We  have over 30 years of real estate experience, specializing in the Montgomery County area. If you are refinancing, want a recommendation, need a service provider or just have a home related question, please give me a call at  301-910-9910 or email me at bobmyersteam@gmail.com. 
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