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Buy or Rent? New Numbers

I like to check in with my team members on a regular basis to see what news and insights they have from their particular area of expertize. Loan Officer Mona Campos updated me on the latest ‘Rent vs. Own’ numbers:

Buy or Rent?

Home prices and rates have fallen so far that the monthly cost of owning a home is more affordable than at any point in the past 15 years and is less expensive than renting in a growing number of cities.

The Wall Street Journal’s third-quarter survey of housing-market conditions in 28 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas found that home values declined in all but five markets compared with the second quarter, according to data from Zillow Inc. Meanwhile, rent levels have risen briskly across the country and rates are the lowest in six decades.

As a result, monthly payments on the median priced home-including taxes and insurance-are lower than the average rent levels in 12 metro areas, according to data compiled for The Wall Street Journal by Marcus & Millichap, a real-estate brokerage that tracked 27 metro areas. “It’s one of the most striking developments of the housing downturn,” said Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics. “The initial building blocks for a recovery are in place. Home ownership is looking more affordable because after several years of declines, apartment rents will rise by around 4% this year and are poised to pick up even more momentum next year.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

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