The report found that“making monthly house payments on a median-priced home — including mortgage, property taxes and insurance — is more affordable than the fair market rent on a three-bedroom property in 354 of the 540 counties analyzed in the report (66 percent).”
For the report,ATTOM Data Solutionscompared recently released fair market rent data from theDepartment of Housing and Urban Developmentwith reported income amounts from theDepartment of Labor and Statisticsto determine the percentage of income that a family would have to spend on their monthly housing cost (rent or mortgage payments).
Rents have been surging faster than home prices in about 37% of the markets measured. Daren Blomquist,Senior Vice President of ATTOM Data Solutionswarns that rising interest rates could be the tipping point of affordability:
“While buying continues to be more affordable than renting in the majority of U.S. markets, that equation could change quickly if mortgage rates keep rising in 2017. In that scenario, renters who have not yet made the leap to homeownership will find it even more difficult to make that leap this year.”
Rents will continue to rise and mortgage interest rates are still at historic lows. Before you sign or renew your next lease, meet with a local professional who can help you determine if you are able to buy a home of your own and lock in your monthly housing expense.
Author:Heather F Davidson Phone: 609-209-7581 Dated: January 26th 2017 Views: 135 About Heather: I'm an agent whose business is built on the promise of exceptional customer service. If you are sel...
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