Depending on your circumstances, renting or buying a home can be a smart financial decision. Homeownership can help you build equity and lower taxes, while renting offers greater flexibility and convenient services. Keeping this in mind, SmartAsset ranked the 50 largest U.S. cities according to price-to-rent ratio.
San Francisco, California is the first of three Bay Area cities in the top five of this study. The median home value is $1,217,500 (the most expensive on this list) and the median annual rent is $23,508 (second-highest after San Jose), putting the price-to-rent ratio at 51.79 (the highest in this study).
To find the cities in America with the highest and lowest price-to-rent ratios, we looked at the median home values and median rent for the 50 largest cities in America. We divided the median home value for each city by the median annual rent for the city to calculate the price-to-rent ratio and ranked the cities according to this figure. The city with the highest price-to-rent ratio was the most favorable for renters, and the city with the lowest price-to-rent ratio was the most favorable for homebuyers.
Once you know what makes sense for you, you can take the next step directly from the same page the Rent vs. Buy Calculator lives. You can choose to contact a lender to get pre-qualified for a home loan or start a Rental Resume, which is a feature that will help you stand out from the sea of rental applicants and land your dream home.
Price-to-Rent Ratio of 1-15: It is much less expensive to own than to rent a home in this city.Price-to-Rent Ratio of 16-20: It is more expensive to own a home in this city. The total costs of ownership of a home in this city are greater than the costs of renting, but it might still make financial sense depending on the situation.Price-to-Rent Ratio of 21+: The total costs of owning a home in this city are much greater than the costs of renting.
Nationally, home prices have been tracking steadily higher over the past four years. While rents also increased from spring 2013 to spring 2016 before reversing course and declining 3.5% from spring 2016 to spring 2017. With rents and home values previously moving in tandem, shifts in the rent versus buy decision were largely driven by changes in mortgage interest rates.
Renters looking to stay in one place for at least seven years and have saved enough for a 20% down payment should not hesitate to buy in metros in the South such as Baton Rouge, La., New Orleans, La., or Columbia, S.C. Additionally, Detroit and Philadelphia are also markets where buying far outweighs renting. Here, home seekers find it at least 45% cheaper to buy than rent.
Buying is less of a deal in metros that frequently appear on the lists of least affordable or most expensive places to live. These places are concentrated on in California, Hawaii, and the Tri-State area (N.Y., N.J. and Conn.). The margin between renting and buying in San Jose, San Francisco, and Honolulu dipped into the single digits for the first time in the last four years.
The tipping point at which mortgage rates must rise to make buying an equal financial proposition to renting is closest in West Coast cities and New York. Seven of the 10 cities with the closest margins are located in California, with San Jose and San Francisco topping both this list as well as the list for most expensive metros. In fact, all 10 of these metros also hold spots in the top 20 most expensive metros.
To compare the costs of owning and renting, we assume buyers get a 3.87% mortgage rate on a 30-year fixed-rate loan with 20% down; itemize their federal tax deductions and are in the 25% tax bracket; and will stay in their home for seven years. Under these assumptions, buying is 35% cheaper than renting nationwide, considering all costs and proceeds from buying or renting over the seven-year period. You can read our methodology here.
While homeownership is 35% cheaper than renting nationwide, the gap differs vastly across metros, largely because each market has its own typical prices and rents, as well as distinct patterns in property taxes and home-price appreciation. Taking all these factors into account, buying a home ranges from being 16% cheaper than renting in Honolulu to being 55% cheaper in Sarasota, FL.
When we factor in the median HOA fee, the buying advantage almost disappears in some markets. In the New York metro area, buying a home becomes just 4% cheaper than renting, compared with 27% cheaper without the fee. And in the Honolulu metro, renting actually enjoys a 1% advantage when HOA fees are considered.
Those 29 metros include not only pricey coastal markets, but also in markets like Madison, WI, Milwaukee, WI, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. In this scenario, buying costs 28% more than renting in New York City and 41% more expensive in Honolulu. So the moral of the story is: A condo might be within reach of most first-time homebuyers, but when you take HOA fees into account, it may make renting cheaper than buying.
Kristin Angelie Tablang is the lifestyle assistant editor at Forbes. A native New Yorker, she is a proud alum of the City's Macaulay Honors College and Bronx High School of Science and is currently an MBA candidate at NYU's Stern School of Business. An avid shutterbug and gourmand with an insatiable wanderlust, she'd travel the world with just a fork and camera in hand if she could. Visit her website at kristintablang.com to see her full CV and get in touch.
Trulia, an online marketplace to help you find your next home, has launched a Rent vs. Buy calculator on its website for house-hunters to figure out if purchasing a new place costs more or less than renting one.
To use the calculator: you need to key in actual prices or rental fees for the potential houses, the mortgage rate you qualify for, your tax bracket, how long you plan to live in the home, as well as other details including the costs of utilities, annual maintenance and insurance.
Trulia is one of the biggest American online real estate marketplaces for home buyers and renters. Trulia revolutionized finding homes by enabling live internet real estate listings. It is a subsidiary of Zillow of group.
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It currently costs less to buy a two bedroom home in Knoxville than it does to rent a two bedroom apartment, if you plan on staying there for longer than a few years. The average list price of a two bedroom house in Knoxville is $94,900 and the average rent for a two bedroom apartment is $680. Operating under these assumptions, the average homeowner would save $13,690 over a 5 year period and $32,902 over a 10 year period.
When you are debating renting vs. buying in Knoxville, there are many things to consider. If you are not planning on moving and want to feel like you are investing in something instead of throwing money away, buying could be the right decision for you. However, if you enjoy the mobility renting has offer, you may be better of renting. It is important to weigh the pros and the cons and how they relate to your lifestyle.
After more than five years in the Washington, D.C., area, three apartments and eight roommates, I became a homeowner last summer. Sharing the rent with others had kept housing costs affordable, and I made several good friends along the way. But ultimately I craved the stability that would come from saying farewell to rent-hiking landlords, slapdash maintenance and the roommate revolving door. And I was excited to experience the benefits as well as the responsibilities of homeownership.
According to research by Trulia, in 100 of the biggest markets in the U.S., buying a home is becoming more of a bum deal, while renting, though not ideal, is becoming more attractive.
For the first time in five years, renting has usurped homeownership as the best economic value in San Jose and San Francisco. In both cities, which are two of the most expensive in the nation, home values have surged past $1 million, while rents have flattened or sunk.
Nationally, in July 2018, the financial advantage of buying a home as opposed to renting hit a six-year low. Buying still saves 26.3%, but cooling rents in 82 of the markets have made renting more competitive. This is a significant drop off from last year when buying had a cost advantage of 35.7%. During this period, rents fell 1.1% while home prices rose 8.1%.
Trulia, founded in 2005, is a mobile and online real estate resource that makes finding a home easy and enjoyable by providing home buyers, renters, and sellers the insights they need to make informed decisions about where to live. Trulia offers updates on new homes and rentals that hit the market, data on affordability and home price history.
The buying-over-renting advantage ranges from 17 percent cheaper in Honolulu to 63 percent cheaper in Detroit. The prices of renting and buying are closer in California and New York, while the gap is widest in the Midwest and South.
Other financing options lead to an even bigger cost advantage. For example, the 15-year loan ends up costing least versus renting over seven years since the equity build-up time is shortened and more of the mortgage payment goes to principal rather than interest.
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