This past week I advised one client and one consumer to rent rather than buy. Buying just didn’t seem to be the right thing to do for either of these people, for a variety of reasons for each.
The consumer said that she works with a Realtor from time to time and each time she sees this person, she is told to “buy, buy, buy,” “you’re wasting your money renting!” This may be true, but buying is not always “the” solution for everybody. Short-timers, those with uncertain job prospects, those with shaky credit … the reasons not to buy can be as long as the reasons to buy. As professionals, we damage our credibility by giving stock answers without analyzing each individual situation.
Hopefully, these people will remember my sage advice and candor and recommend me to their friends and colleagues. If not, I still feel I’ve done the right thing – that’s enough for me.