|View Poll Results: Which do/would you prefer?|
|living in Apartment(s)||8||16.33%|
|living in House(s)||41||83.67%|
|Voters: 49. You may not vote on this poll|
|06-06-2009, 05:28 PM||#31|
Join Date: May 2009
Location: The Hidden Nebula
I think a lot of it depends on your circumstances.
I'm not married and never will be, because I'm a serial monogamist. I don't have kids and never will, because I'm too self-absorbed to be a good parent. I have a spacious, quiet apartment with lots of amenities, and I have the lifestyle I want.
It doesn't make sense for me to live in a half-empty building, buying appliances for it, buying furniture and other junk I don't want to put in the empty rooms I don't need, paying exorbitant amounts of money to heat and cool it, paying homeowner's insurance, paying property taxes, doing maintenance and repairs (or paying someone to do them for me), cleaning the rooms I don't use (or paying someone to do it for me), maintaining a lawn I don't use (or paying someone to do it for me). And if a lightning bolt hits a tree on my property and knocks it onto the neighbor's property, I get sued. If someone trespasses on my property then falls and breaks his arm, I get sued.
What benefit do I get from all this?
If I were a family man, however, I'd definitely want a house. Having a yard to play in and a space to call your own is crucial to a child's development.
|06-06-2009, 05:32 PM||#32|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Land Of Confusion
Great thing about my house, I have one neighbor. And she's never home.
On the other side is a empty field. They let it grow then mow it down and bail it up.
Across the street, for as far as you can see, is corn fields.
I can raise hell, shoot guns and pee out the back door anytime I want. Try that in an apartment.
When we have family and friends over we can fire up the smoker, crank up the music and drink beer in the back yard by the bonfire til the sun comes up.
|06-06-2009, 05:34 PM||#33|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Northwood, NH
Even if you're single and always intend to be, getting a condomenium is way above paying renting in an apartment.
|06-06-2009, 06:31 PM||#34|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Monrovia, CA
not to mention it isn't about whether another person gains monetarily from your house -- you gain monetarily from your house.
you buy a house at x amount. 30 years later when you retire and downsize you sell it an 3x amount. you just made money, which you now live off of.
in an apartment, you live in an apartment for 30 years, pay rent (which increases every year as opposed to a mortgage that stays the same year after year, and your $$2000 mortgage payment in 30 years will have a lot less value with inflation than the $2000 today, so you save money again in the future on the same payment), and after 30 years you leave the apartment and you have zero. nothing. nada. so, in 10 to 15 years, as your rent increases with inflation, my mortgage stays the same, so now I have more money to play with, so your argument is even more flawed with just a little long-term perspective.
the difference between those examples isn't an outdated model, except to hippies, it is the intelligent model.
whether someone stays in the same house or not is irrelevant. that house has value regardless. so, in 20 to 30 years, even when that house is gone, you've profited and benefited from it. I'm not sure how you can rationally attempt to claim otherwise. and supporting your family has nothing to do with some selfish motive of the recipient, it's an evolved psychological mechanism in humans to support your genetic lineage. we've been programmed for that, it isn't an arbitrary or selfish belief, so that certainly can't be outdated.
for every 20 something paying $1000 or more for a 1 bedroom apartment, there is a senior couple who has been living in the same house for thirty years, paying a mortgage established 30 years ago, of probably $500 for a 3 bedroom house. explain to me how living in the apartment is better than owning. if those seniors hadn't bought a house, they'd be paying twice as much for 3 times as less as their rent increased year after year. yeah, that's smart.
Last edited by gunslingercbr; 06-06-2009 at 06:37 PM..
|06-06-2009, 06:43 PM||#35|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: In the Land that Time Forgot
I've done both and I prefer house living there is more upkeep but definitely worth it.
My Feedback Thread: http://www.hisstank.com/forum/buy-se...ikage-tat.html
|06-06-2009, 07:01 PM||#36|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: new york
talk about the most unlikely and surprising convos on a joe board ever. I actually sat here and read each page.
Anyway, it really depends on who you are and where you live. I have a friend in the city who pays like $1300 for a damn 1 bedroom with a wife and kid. for that much, you should just get a house. now me, I have no kids, no dog and no plants and i pay about $600 for a 1 bedroom and it's huge.
I'm guess what I'm saying is if you are just a rolling stone, go for the apt. If you have a family, it's probably better to do the house.
|06-06-2009, 07:07 PM||#37|
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House all the way...In apartment people complain about all the explosions
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|06-06-2009, 07:15 PM||#38|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Northwood, NH
|06-07-2009, 01:53 PM||#39|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Living in a house is much better really. At least you own it. It can be a headache at times fixing things, but at least you know you own it at the end of the day. Plus you can do anything you want with it. I have a nice yard and have a big garden.
And it is a lot cheaper. The money you put into it grows over time. Hell I only pay $175/month for a two bedroom 1 bath house. Of course the cost of living is somewhat cheaper where I live.
My house is worth about $30,000 here in SE Kansas. But in California or some big city, with the yard I have alone I could only image how much it cost. I see house on HGTV that are half of what I have for $150,000 or more.
Last edited by Flame Viper; 06-07-2009 at 01:58 PM..
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