The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. Baton Rouge is no exception, here rental prices continue to increase and are in many cases more than a house note.
The updated numbers actually show that the range is an average of 17.4% less expensive inHonolulu (HI), all the way up to 53.2% less expensive in Miami & West Palm Beach (FL), and37.7% 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 County (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.
Buying a home here in the Baton Rouge area just makes sense socially and financially. If you are one of the many renters out there who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, let’s get together to find your dream home. GlendaDaughety.com