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Despite Bump in Mortgage Rates, Buying Is Cheaper Than Renting

June 13th, 2013 | by The Update
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Even though mortgage rates have begun to creep up, it’s still cheaper to buy a home than to rent in the Metroplex and in many markets around the country, according to a new analysis by Trulia chief economist Jeff Kolko.

Here’s what Kolko’s analysis found:

The recent rise in mortgage rates has made buying a house a little more expensive: the increase in the 30-year fixed rate over the past month from 3.4% to 3.9% (Freddie Mac) raised the monthly payment on a $200,000 mortgage by $56, or 6%. However, because mortgage rates are still near long-term lows, and because prices fell so much after the housing bubble burst and remain low relative to rents even after recent price increases, buying is still much cheaper than renting. That means that the recent jump in rates doesn’t change the rent-versus-buy math much.

Rates are likely to keep rising, but how far must rates rise before buying a home starts to look expensive relative to renting? To answer this, we updated our Rent vs. Buy analysis with the latest asking prices and rents from March, April, and May 2013. Following our standard approach, we calculated the cost of buying and renting for identical sets of properties, including maintenance, insurance, taxes, closing costs, down payment, sales proceeds, and, of course, the monthly mortgage payment on a 30-year fixed-rate loan with 20% down and monthly rent. We assume people will stay in their homes for 7 years, deduct their mortgage interest and property tax payments at the 25% tax bracket, and get modest home price appreciation. Here’s what we found:

Buying remains cheaper than renting so long as mortgage rates are below 10.5%. At 3.9%, the current 30-year fixed rate according to Freddie Mac, buying is 41% cheaper than renting nationally. With a 5% mortgage rate, buying is still 34% cheaper than renting nationally. Mortgage rates would have to rise a huge amount – to 10.5% – to tip the math in favor of renting, which isn’t impossible. Rates were that high throughout the 1980s, but have been consistently below 10.5% since May 1990.

Click here to read the full report from Kolko.

Click here to see homes new on the market in the Metroplex.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 190 agents in five offices located throughout the Metroplex and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in 600 offices worldwide. For more information on escapes and second homesranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.

 

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