Should You Pay Cash Or Finance A New House?

Posted by Richard on September 8, 2021

We are going to sell. Should we pay cash or finance at least part of the new house?

Your decision depends on your financial and life circumstances.
If you are retired and the kids are gone, you might be one of the millions of people who want to downsize.
When you bought your last house, the house and location probably made a ton of sense for raising kids. But now a different home makes sense.
With your mortgage paid off and retirement at hand, you now have a pleasant problem you may not have considered 30 years ago: Should you pay cash or finance?
Part of the answer depends on what you think about home ownership. Owning a home outright is satisfying and seems very secure. No more mortgage payments.
A study by Redfin found that one-third of U.S. home purchases were paid with cash. That is the largest share of cash buyers since 2014. According to HousingWire, some of these moves are because remote work has allowed people to live in less expensive areas. If you sell your house in Seattle, you can buy twice the house at half the price in Boise, for example, and walk away with cash to invest.
On the other hand, if you are retired, you might want to invest some of the cash. After all, mortgages are at 3 percent while the markets continue to dish out good returns. Plus, you can use the cash for anything you want, including travel or just life.
If the cash from your house represents all your savings, paying cash for another house might not make sense since real estate prices don’t rise as quickly as stocks. You’ll want the home proceeds to be easy to access to help finance retirement. So, at these low interest rates, taking a mortgage could make sense, especially if you finance just part of the purchase.