Should you Rent or Buy?

Should you Rent or Buy?

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Category:   Real Estate

Despite rising mortgage rates, homeownership remains cheaper than renting in almost all areas of the U.S. Check out this interactive map from Trulia that calculates renting vs. buying costs. It might be something you can share with potential buyers to help them make a decision.

Homeownership remains cheaper than renting nationally and in all of the 100 largest metro areas. But rising mortgage rates have narrowed the gap between the cost of buying and the cost of renting. The 30-year fixed rate is now 4.80%, compared with 3.75% one year ago (according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, or MBA). This jump in rates has raised the cost of buying relative to renting. As a result, buying is 35% cheaper than renting today, versus being 45% cheaper than renting one year ago.

How can buying be so much cheaper than renting when home prices and mortgage rates are both climbing? The key reason: both rates and prices are rising from very low levels and are still below their long-term historical norms. But the rent versus buy math depends on your local market, as rising rates and prices have pushed a handful of metros very close to the tipping point when renting becomes cheaper. Read More Here

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