Apartment or a house?
December 23, 2006 1:06pm CST
Would you buy an apartment or a house when you get married and have a family?I want to live in apartment.
• United States
23 Dec 06
I wasted my money paying rent for an apartment for many years before I bought my house. I would say that you should buy a house right away, if you can afford it. A house is your own; you can decorate and paint it however you want, you can do what you like in the yards, and you get tax deductions (at least in the U.S. we do). With a house you get much more privacy. You don't have to put up with loud music or televisions from above or below, you don't run into nosy neighbors in the hallways, no one can eavesdrop on you through the walls... The only downside to owning the property is that you have to take care of the yard work and snow removal yourself (or pay someone to do it), and you can't call the landlord to fix something if it breaks. Some things can get pretty expensive to replace or maintain, such as a new roof or a furnace. You just have to learn to budget to allow for emergencies.