In 2013, it really is better to rent than to own your own house. Renting is easier than owning. As a renter, all you have to do is call management and they will take care of any issue. As an owner, you are responsible for everything that goes wrong. Renting is cheaper than owning. As a renter, you pay rent, a security deposit, renter’s insurance, and some utilities. As an owner, you pay mortgage, a huge down payment, property taxes, homeowners insurance, maintenance and upkeep costs, major appliances, homeowner association fees, and all utility fees including new ones like garbage removal and sewer costs. So if you love your apartment and your community truly feels like home to you, then stay put because it will save you money.