How to Stop Paying Rent
and Own Your Own Home
"If youíre like most renters, you feel trapped within
the walls of a house or
apartment that doesnít feel like yours."
Donít Pay Another Cent in Rent to Your Landlord
Itís a dream we all have Ė to own our own home and stop paying rent. But if youíre like
most renters, you feel trapped within the walls of a house or apartment that doesnít feel like
yours. How could it when youíre not even permitted to bang in a nail or two without a
hassle. You feel like youíre stuck in the renterís rut with no way of rising up out of
it and owning your own home.
Donít Feel Trapped Anymore
It doesnít matter how long youíve been renting, or how insurmountable your financial situation
may seem. The truth is, there are some little known facts that can help you get over the
hump, and transfer your status from renter to homeowner. With this information, you will
begin to see how you really can:
- Save for a down payment
- Stop lining your landlordís pockets, and
- Stop wasting thousands of dollars on rent.
6 Little Known Facts
That Can Help You
Buy Your First Home
The problem that most renters face isnít your ability to meet a monthly payment. Goodness
knows that you must meet this monthly obligation every 30 days already. The problem is
accumulating enough capital to make a down payment on something more permanent.
But saving for this sum doesnít have to be as difficult as you might think. Consider the
following 6 important points:
1. You can buy a home with much less down than you think.
There are some local or federal government programs (such as 1st time buyer programs) to help people get
into the housing market. You can qualify as a first time buyer even if your spouse has owned
a home before as long as your name was not registered. Ensure your real estate agent is
informed and knowledgeable in this important area and can offer programs to help you with your options.
2. You may be able to get your lender to help you with your down payment
and closing costs.
Even if you do not have enough cash for a down payment, if you are debt
free, and own an asset free and clear (such as a car for example), your lending institution may
be able to lend you the down payment for our home by securing it against this asset.
3. You may be able to find a seller to help you buy and finance your home.
Some sellers may be willing to hold a second mortgage for you as a ďseller take-back.Ē In
this case, the seller becomes you lending institution. Instead of paying this seller a
lump-sum full amount for his or her home, you would pay monthly mortgage installments.
4. You may be able to create a cash down payment without actually going into debt.
By borrowing money for certain investments to a specified level, you may be able to generate
a significant tax refund for yourself that you can use as a down payment. While the money
borrowed for these investments is technically a loan, the monthly amount paid can be small, and
the money invested in both home and investment will be yours in the end.
5. You can buy a home even if you have problems with your credit rating.
If you can come up with more than the minimum down payment, or can secure the loan with other equity,
many lending institutions will consider you for a mortgage. Alternatively, a seller take-back
mortgage could also help you in this situation.
6. You can, and should, get pre-approved for a home loan before you go looking
for a home.
Pre-approval is easy, and can give you complete peace of mind when shopping for
your home. Mortgage experts can obtain written pre-approval for you at no cost and no obligation,
and it can all be done quite easily over the phone. More than just a verbal approval from your
lending institution, a written pre-approval is a good as money in the bank. It entails a
completed credit application, and a certificate which guarantees you a mortgage to the specified
level when you find the home youíre looking for.
Consider dealing only with a professional who specializes in mortgages. Enlisting their services
can make the difference between obtaining a mortgage, and being stuck in the renterís rut
forever. Typically there is no cost or obligation to enquire.
There are many important issues you should be aware of that affect you as a renter. Why on
earth would you continue to lose thousands by throwing it away on rent when with your agent you
could take a few minutes to discuss your specific needs so that you can stop renting and start
This conversation costs you nothing. And, of course, you shouldnít have to feel obligated
to buy a home at the time you review this. But by taking the time to explore your options,
and learn about the ways you can afford to buy a home, think how prepared and relaxed youíll be
when you are ready to make this important step.