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I’ve been looking at a lot of market trends, both nationally, and locally here in Chicago.
It’s pretty safe to say that, at least in major metro areas, buying a home is cheaper than
renting. There are other obvious reasons why owning a home is a more financially
savvy move, and the investment should pay off in the long term.
The Trulia Winter 2012 Rent vs Buy Index came out recently and the numbers don’t lie.
By looking at asking prices for rentals and homes for sale, and then factoring in other
costs such as taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc., they determine whether buying is
a better financial bet than renting. As it turns out, it’s now cheaper to buy in 98 of the
100 most populous metro areas in the country including, you guessed it, Chicago.
You can’t just compare the rent amount and the home payment amount. What you
really need to focus on is:
1)What’s your tax bracket and how much would you benefit from the
mortgage interest tax deduction you’re allowed each year
2)How long you plan on staying in the home
The longer you stay, the more benefits you will see. Many people who can afford to
buy their home in cash actually want a mortgage so they can deduct the mortgage
interest and offset penalties from other things.
Below is the price to rent ratio for Chicago. Price-to-rent ratios that are 15 and under indicate buying is less expensive than renting, while ratios that are 20 or higher indicate renting is less expensive than buying. Between 15 and 20, the rent-versus-buy calculation depends on tax deductions and other personal circumstances.
Chicago (Area Code)
Loop and Near North Side (312)
Chicago except downtown (773)
North/Northwest Suburbs (847 / 224)
Western Suburbs (630 / 331)
South Suburbs (708)
Take a look at this awesome slide show that Trulia put together:
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.