Infographic: Buying a Home is Better than Renting in Much of the Country

April 14th, 2012
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Econintersect:  Recent reports from Trulia and other analysts have pointed out that rents have been rising over the past year and more in many parts of buy-houseSMALLrent-houseSMALLthe country while home sales prices have continued to drift lower in many markets.  The result is that it now makes economic sense to buy a home rather than rent in many markets.  There is a problem for many millions of people that they can not consider buying a home because of impaired credit and/or underemployment of lack of employment.  But for those able to buy the relative costs of buying vs. renting are quite favorable in many places.  Following the “Read more…” break is an infographic provided by Home that gives detailed information on this topic.

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John Lounsbury


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  1. john warren says :

    these "comic book" presentations are simply useless and designed to push lower educated with weak language skills into something akin to 2006/2007.
    These comparisons always center on the first year of rent vs buy cost and never include points, closing cost and then never adjust for rising ownership cost over the holding period including increased taxes, insurance and the the unknown but will happen: maintenance. Real estate web sites are designed to do one thing, get the market moving. simply do the math and see how great it is for a 5 year holding period in a down and declining market.

  2. Admin (Member) Email says :

    @John Warren - - -

    Thanks for commenting.

    You make some valid points. We included some references (under Sources) that discuss some of the limitations on the current buy vs. rent news. One specific analysis article that I posted recently determined that about 2/3 of the forclosure property volume for the bursting bubble entire cycle which started in 2007 has yet to be sold. See This is likely to produce a very broad (multi-year) real estate market bottom. And the bottom could be significantly lower if we have one or more recessions over the next five years.

    When we post something offered by a guest source we do not go out of our way to confront the message directly. Offering references that discuss more detail is sufficient.

    John Lounsbury

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