Buying is Now 37.7% Cheaper than Renting in the U.S.

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 3-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

The updated numbers actually show the range is an average of 17.4% less expensive in Honolulu, HI., all the way up to 53.2% less expensive in Miami & West Palm Beach, FL., and 37.7% nationwide!

Other Interesting Findings in the Report Include:

Interest rates have remained low and, even though home prices have appreciated around the country, they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation.

Home prices would have to appreciate by a range of over 23% in Honolulu, HI., up to over 45% in Ventura Count, CA., to reach the tipping point of renting being less expensive than buying.

Nationally, rates would have to reach 9.1%, a 145% increase over today’s average of 3.7%, for renting to be cheaper than buying. Rates haven’t been that high since January of 1995, according to Freddie Mac.

Here is a chart displaying our more local metro areas for a better perspective.









Information provided by Trulia information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. / 

Bottom Line

Buying a home makes sense socially and financially. If you are one of many renters out there who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, let’s get together to find your dream home.

Are you thinking you might be ready to buy? If you aren’t sure you can click HERE and request more information about the market and why now is a great time to buy! 

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