High Apartment Rents Seen Pushing People To Buy Homes

Published October 2, 2012 by Julie Provenzano

Trulia reported this week that homeownership is 45% cheaper than renting in the United States. Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist explained:

“Homeownership is cheaper than renting in all of the 100 largest metros, by a wide margin. Despite the recent price rebound, rents continue to rise faster than prices, and mortgage rates are near record lows.

Homeownership makes the most financial sense for people whose strong credit scores let them snag the lowest mortgage rate and who get the biggest benefit from deducting mortgage interest and property taxes from their income taxes.”

(Trulia’s methodology is explained here.)

This news did not come as a surprise that today’s rental market definitely favors the landlord. Below is a graph of how rental prices have increased recently and where they are projected to go over the next few years based on a report from Marcus & Millichap.

The Finances of Renting vs. Buying