“. . . Owning a median-priced home is more affordable than the average rent on a three-bedroom property in 666, or 58 percent, of the 1,154 U.S. counties analyzed for the report. That means major home ownership expenses consume a smaller portion of average local wages than renting.”
Other experts in the industry offer additional perspectives on renting today. For example, in the latest Single-Family Rent Index from CoreLogic, single-family rent saw the fastest year-over-year growth in over 16 years when comparing data for November each year (see graph below):
Molly Boesel, Principal Economist at CoreLogic, stresses the importance of what the data shows:
“Single-family rent growth hit its sixth consecutive record high. . . . Annual rent growth . . . was more than three times that of a year earlier. Rent growth should continue to be robust in the near term, especially as the labor market continues to improve.”
So what Does This Mean for You?
While its actual home prices and mortgage rates are rising, so are monthly rents. As a prospective buyer, increasing rates and fees shouldn’t be enough to keep you on the sideline, though. As the chart above shows, rents are skyrocketing. The big difference is that rising cost benefits your landlord’s investment strategy when you rent, but it doesn’t deliver any return for you.
In contrast, your monthly mortgage payment serves as a form of forced savings when you buy a home. Over time, as you pay down your loan and as home values rise, you’re building equity (and, by extension, your net worth). Not to mention, you’ll lock in your mortgage payment for the duration of your loan (typically 15 to 30 years) and give yourself a stable and reliable monthly payment.
When asking yourself if you should keep renting or if it’s time to buy, think about what Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer at ATTOM Data, says:
“. . . Homeownership remains the more affordable option for average workers in a majority of the country because it still takes up a smaller portion of their pay.”
If buying takes up a smaller portion of your pay and has benefits renting can’t provide, the question becomes: is renting worth it?
If you’re weighing your options between renting and buying, it’s essential to look at the whole picture. While purchasing a home can feel like a daunting process, having a trusted advisor on your side is vital. Work with an agent to explore your options so you can learn more about the benefits of homeownership today.