Most people think that renting a home is a more affordable option than buying. But, as it turns out, in the majority of counties across the US, the opposite is actually true.
According to the 2021 Rental Affordability Report from ATTOM Data, which analyzes rental, wage, and home price data in markets across the country, owning a median-priced three-bedroom home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom home in nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of counties in the US—even though home prices are increasing at higher rates than rental prices in 83 percent of those counties.
“Home-prices are rising faster than rents and wages in a majority of the country. Yet, home ownership is still more affordable, as amazingly low mortgage rates that dropped below 3 percent are helping to keep the cost of rising home prices in check,“ Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer at ATTOM Data Solutions, said in the report. “It shows how both the cost of renting has been relatively high compared to the cost of ownership and how declining interest rates are having a notable impact on the housing market and home ownership.”
So, what does this mean for you? If you’ve been holding off on buying a property because you thought renting was the more affordable option, you may be able to transition to homeownership for less than you’re paying in rent—making now a great time to explore buying your own home.