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Buying Is Now 30%+ Cheaper Than Renting In West Michigan

Apartment Living vs Owning

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

The updated numbers actually show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose (CA), all the way up to 50.1% less expensive in Baton Rouge (LA), and 33.1% nationwide!

The Average Rent in Grand Rapids, MI in 2018 is: $955 according to RentCafe, and expected to only climb. While you gain no equity in your property, mortgage rates have remained low and provide a great opportunity for first time buyers to gain equity.

Other interesting findings in the report include:

  • Interest rates have remained low and, even though home prices have appreciated around the country, they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation.
  • With rents and home values moving in tandem, shifts in the ‘rent vs. buy’ decision are largely driven by changes in mortgage interest rates.
  • Nationally, rates would have to reach 9.1%, a 128% increase over today’s average of 4.0%, for renting to be cheaper than buying. Rates haven’t been that high since January of 1995, according to Freddie Mac.

Bottom Line

Buying a home makes sense socially and financially. If you are one of the many renters out there who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, let’s get together to find your dream home.

 

Excerpts provided by Benchmark Mortgage

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Marilyn

It’s no coincidence that Marilyn Hazard is at the forefront of the Grand Rapids real estate industry. She is a fierce advocate for her clients by providing effective negotiating skills, has an unbelievable ability to adapt to the ever changing real estate market and an unmatched work ethic. She is a full time Associate Broker with Keller Williams North and holds CRS, GRI & ABR designations, also a member of: GRAR, MAR & NAR.

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