Trying to decide between buying a home or renting another year? Recent data might help you make up your mind.
There are currently low rental vacancy levels and a lack of new rental construction, which are driving rents up significantly. Rents are expected to outpace home price appreciation in the upcoming year. What does that mean for you? It means that renting is going to be more expensive than owning a home.
A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that “rents rose faster last year than at any time since 2007”. On average rents rose by 4.6% in 2015; when over the previous 15 years they had only risen an average of 2.7% annually. Zillow‘s 2016 Housing Market Predictions state that “rising rents won’t let up in 2016, and will continue to set new records.  will bring the least affordable rents ever.”
Many people choose to rent just because they aren’t comfortable taking on the obligation of a home mortgage. However, unless you are living with family or friends rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your own or your landlord’s. Wouldn’t you much rather put that money back into your own pocket? A home mortgage is like a forced savings which builds you equity in your home that you can use later on in life. If you are renting, you are only building your landlord’s equity.
Right now interest rates are at historic lows, but they are projected to increase steadily throughout 2016. Your window of opportunity to get a low interest home loan is closing. An increase in mortgage rates of 0.5% is equal to a 10% increase in home prices and affordability, which significantly increases your monthly payment. So the question you should ask yourself is, can you really afford to keep renting?
Questions about buying a house? Contact The Lowry Team today at 513-874-1830.
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