Last week, Trulia released their Winter 2012 Rent vs. Buy Index. In the index, they report that:
“After years of home price declines and tightening rental markets, home ownership is now more affordable than renting in all but two of the 100 largest metros – even in expensive real estate markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston.”
The two metros where renting was more affordable were Honolulu and San Francisco. However, Trulia explains that, even in these markets, buying a home:
“…might make sense for people who plan to stay in their next home for at least five years and can benefit from the mortgage-interest tax deduction.”
This rent/buy ratio favors buying more so then at almost any time in history. In a recent article, Forbes Magazine quotes Jed Kolko, Trulia’s chief economist:
“Certainly prices have continued to fall nationally, but rents have been rising so this would be the lowest price-to-rent ratio that we’ve seen.”
It might be time to talk to a local real estate professional about the possibility that buying a home makes sense for you and family.