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Buying or Renting? Or Buying-to-Let?


From time to time International Fine Living likes to share insights on the real estate market on Curacao. Enjoy, and remember, we are at your service!
Buying or Renting?
Whether it’s six months with a sublime sea view or years spent perfecting the ultimate fixer-upper in a good neighborhood, you need a plan. The question of buying or renting is one that can’t be answered without drawing out your goals. The long and the short of it is that your future determines the outcome of this question. You know you’re moving, but why? At what cost? And for how long? Your employment status and prospects, family composition, lifestyle preferences, hobbies and activities affect this decision.
On Curacao, as part of the Dutch Kingdom, there is a strong culture of owning; a desire to own one’s own home both from an investment as well as a lifestyle perspective and so this continues to be the dominant trend. However, in recent years the rental market has benefitted from the ever-increasing number of people who are unwilling to buy homes for whatever reason and this market is particularly strong at present.
It’s yours, you own it, once it’s paid off. Buying tends to be the right move if you plan on staying a while, predominantly because the costs involved can be spread out over a few years. If it’s a good move, your home appreciates more than you’ve paid in mortgage, interest, taxes, and maintenance over time – you’ve earned a return, or you break even. Having the luxury to renovate your space to suit your needs and nourish your creativity can be appealing, especially when it elevates the value of your investment. You can also get pets…
Renting offers more flexibility. You could find yourself closer to work, entertainment hubs, yoga classes and upmarket restaurants in an area you can’t yet buy in. Everything happens faster; you can move in faster, you can leave for greener pastures faster. Major maintenance costs, they’re not yours, for the most part. But neither is your home. Renting means a deposit, sometimes two month’s rent, which you’ll need available. Is it money going down the drain? No it isn’t, it’s giving you a place to live. Your money is going into someone else’s pocket, but when the pipes pack up, the plumber will be digging into those pockets too. The rental option remains ideal for contract workers relocating nationally or internationally. Your pets may or may not be welcome.
The buy-to-let landscape
It’s an excellent time to be a landlord in the buy-to-let market – the market is very active and characterized by a shortage of rental stock, an oversupply of would-be tenants and as a consequence a trend of increasing rental yields and a market which is experiencing above inflation annual capital growth.
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In terms of property types, there is strong rental demand across the board – every segment of the market is currently very active. Property markets are cyclical and so if you are looking for a property to buy-to-let, you must consider buying a property that will rent well in any market. There are examples of this in every segment of the market but investors need to do their homework well, consult knowledgeable and trusted experts and in the process make a well-considered investment decision.
Expert advice? International Fine Living suggests you Buy or Buy-to-Let when you’re ready to invest in a home, this includes saving for a deposit, qualifying for a loan and committing to a long-term investment, and Rent when you’re not staying for years, are still building up that deposit needed to Buy and don’t want the hassle of property maintenance.
Feel free to contact us to discuss your personal situation and options!