Interest rates are at lows not seen since the early 1970s. Rents, particularly in the major cities, are high and are continuing to rise. In many cases, it costs now roughly the same to own a property as it does to rent it. If your income is relatively secure, this is now the time to consider owning your own property. Mortgage rates are low, but if you are worried about them rising and making it harder to meet your repayments, it is now easy to fix them and protect yourself. Many renters complain about the quality of their accommodation. By owning, you can steadily improve your property and this may be reflected, over time, in an increase to the capital values.