Home Ownership is Still a Great Option

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Signature Partners

Rents have surged as home prices have dropped, which have prompted some to ponder which offers the more dollar-wise option. Moody's Analytics data has suggested that it makes more financial sense to rent than buy in many U.S. cities, but Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi now says that is about to change:
"By mid 2011 and certainly by end of 2011, buying will be superior to renting in most parts of the country," Zandi says.
Home prices are expected to fall further, making more homes affordable, whereas rent prices are expected to continue to rise this year.
The following are a few of the top cities where it makes more sense to buy than rent, according to Moody data. Note Atlanta's place on the list! (Experts often recommend buying when the price-rent ratio is below 15 and rent when it's above 20.)
▪ Cleveland: 11.43
▪ Pittsburgh, Pa.: 11.71
▪ Detroit: 12.32
▪ Phoenix: 12.35
▪ Atlanta: 12.82
▪ Tampa, Fla.: 13.08
▪ Orlando, Fla.: 13.1
▪ Cincinnati: 13.74
▪ Las Vegas: 13.89
Source: Fortune Magazine (Jan. 4, 2011)
 

Comments (2)

Karen L. Pietsch
Cary Property Pros - 4 Sale Realty, Inc. - Crystal Lake, IL
Cary Property Pros. Cary Property Pros Premier Real Estate

Mary, I like what you bring out in this post.  I am re-blogging to make it available to my people as well.  Thank you for taking the time to make this available to all of us here at AR!

Feb 01, 2011 04:44 PM
Mary Towler
Keller Williams Realty Signature Partners - Powder Springs, GA

My pleasure. I think anything that is positive is good these days.

Feb 01, 2011 11:58 PM