Buying a Home Remains 38% Less Expensive than Renting!

Buying a Home Remains 38% Less Expensive than Renting!  | Keeping Current Matters

In Trulia’s latest Rent vs. Buy Report, they explained that buying a home remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage throughout the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the range is from an average of 17% in Honolulu, all the way to 63% in Detroit, and38% Nationwide! This is up from an average of only 5% cheaper in Honolulu in April. The other interesting findings in the report include:

  • Rents have continued to increase nationally even as home price increases are starting to slow. Current low mortgage rates have kept homeownership from becoming more expensive than renting.
  • Some markets might tip in favor of renting next year if home prices increase at a greater rate than rents and if – as most economists expect – mortgage rates rise, due to the strengthening economy.

Nationally, rates would have to rise to 10.6% for renting to be cheaper than buying – and rates haven’t been that high since 1989.

Bottom Line

Buying a home makes sense. Rental costs have historically increased at a higher rate of inflation. Lock in a mortgage payment now before home prices and mortgage rates rise as experts expect they will.

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Todd Moeller
Seven Gables Real Estate
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Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
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