Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Rent vs Buy,IA http://www.zillow.com/advice/IA/home-buying-rent-vs-buy/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate First time buyer, is it worth buying for only 3yrs? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-buyer-is-it-worth-buying-for-only-3yrs/533778/ Looking for the best deal for my money. I have two dogs and am not finding an appropriate place to rent. If I am only staying local for 3 years max is it worth buying? What does a good deal look like?<br \><br \>14 replies Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/First-time-buyer-is-it-worth-buying-for-only-3yrs/533778/ 2014-03-25T21:37:00Z Rent versus buy in small town? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Rent-versus-buy-in-small-town/526644/ I live in a small town (population of 6,000), and currently rent a home (625 a month). My landlord may be increasing this to 675 this coming year (my lease ends in May).<br/><br/>Essentially, I could buy a home in town for $50-75,000. My mortgage would be WAY lower than I currently pay in rent, and property taxes run about $100 a month from the zillow listings. According to Zillow, home prices are expected to increase in this area. <br/><br/>I am willing to do some cosmetic fixing up of the home to increase its value, but I may need to sell in 2 years (my boyfriend and I are currently working 5 hours apart from one another, and it is unlikely that he will be able to find work around here). Now, I would consider using this home as a rental property if I could find someone to manage it for me (perhaps one of the real estate agents in town?) but I don't know how that would effect us if we wanted to buy wherever we move after this. <br/><br/>So, I guess my question is whether it is a good idea to buy a home when the costs are so much less than renting (I currently pay all utilities anyways), or does it make more sense to keep renting since a small town may be hard to sell a home in since the market is so limited? <br/><br/>Thanks!<br \><br \>3 replies Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:23:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Rent-versus-buy-in-small-town/526644/ 2014-01-31T16:23:00Z Buys or rent? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buys-or-rent/492170/ I am staying in Iowa for a job for the next 5 years. I pay around 10,000$/year for rent right now. I am looking for a single family house around 180,000. I am not interested in taking loans and have the money to pay full price in cash (don't know if this is wise or not though). Would it be worth it to buy and sell in five years or spend another 50,000+ for rent and avoid the hassle of taxes, closing fees and selling the property?<br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 14 May 2013 00:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buys-or-rent/492170/ 2013-05-14T00:14:00Z