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May 01, 2019 | Tyler Difley

Your best life: a rent-or-buy lifestyle checklist

When it comes to deciding whether to rent or buy a home, discussions of pros and cons tend to centre around the financial considerations. However, the rent or buy dilemma is about far more than just money. Another important consideration is lifestyle – which option will allow you to live the life you want? That's a difficult question to answer, but we're here to help.

Here's a handy checklist to help you decide if you should be a renter or a buyer.


  • I move around a lot, or want the freedom to do so if I choose, and don't want to be tied down to one specific city, neighbourhood or job

  • I want to live in an in-demand community that has amenities that appeal to me (restaurants and bars, parks, schools, etc.), but can't afford to buy a home there

  • The idea of having a mortgage and various home-related bills to pay feels like too much responsibility and stresses me out

  • I like having disposable income and value having a great deal of flexibility when it comes to budgeting

  • I still don't know what I want to do with my life, and my long-term plans and goals are up in the air

  • Owning a home is not an important goal for me


  • I appreciate the stability and certainty of being tied to one place and have no plans to move any time soon

  • If a community has most of the amenities I want, I'm flexible about where I will live in the city

  • I welcome the increased responsibility of a mortgage and home-related bills, especially when they mean that I have greater control over the place I live and don't have to deal with a landlord or property management company

  • I'm great at budgeting and my monthly expenses are relatively fixed

  • I feel happy and secure in my current career and where I am in my life, and my long-term plans are clearly defined

  • Homeownership has always been a dream of mine – white picket fence, front lawn, all that jazz – and owning a home is an important goal for me

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