The Finances of Renting vs. Buying Charleston Real Estate

Posted By Shawn Pillion @ 9:26am In: Buyer Info

The Finances of Renting vs. Buying

by The KCM Crew on September 14, 2012

Buying Charleston SC Real EstateTrulia reported this week that homeownership is 45% cheaper than renting in the United States. Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist explained:

“Homeownership is cheaper than renting in all of the 100 largest metros, by a wide margin. Despite the recent price rebound, rents continue to rise faster than prices, and mortgage rates are near record lows.

 

Homeownership makes the most financial sense for people whose strong credit scores let them snag the lowest mortgage rate and who get the biggest benefit from deducting mortgage interest and property taxes from their income taxes.”

(Trulia’s methodology is explained here.)

This news did not come as a surprise to us as we have reported that today’s rental market definitely favors the landlord. Below is a graph of how rental prices have increased recently and where they are projected to go over the next few years based on a report from Marcus & Millichap.

 

 

Charleston Rents rise rapidly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It costs more to rent than own right now. And you don’t get any of your rent back in the future. History shows us, in the long term, you can build equity in a home. Dr. Ken Johnson earlier this year explained in a post on this blog:

“It appears that homeownership creates extra wealth mainly through its ability to force owners to save rather than through property appreciation. Thus, homeownership appears to be a self-imposed savings plan, which through time leads to greater wealth accumulation as compared to comparable renters. In short, buying a home makes Americans save.”

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University released a study last year titled America’s Rental Housing: Meeting Challenges, Building on Opportunities. In the study, they actually quantified the difference in family wealth between renters and homeowners:

“[R]enters have only a fraction of the net wealth of owners. Near the peak of the housing bubble in 2007, the median net wealth of homeowners was $234,600—about 46 times the $5,100 median for renters. Even if homeowner wealth fell back to 1995 levels, it would still be 27.5 times the median for renters.”

What Does This All Mean?

We believe David Shulman, senior economist with the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate said it best:

“The American Dream of homeownership may be comatose, but it is not dead, and the wake-up call will come in the form of higher rents.”

  

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To understand how you can invest in Charleston Real Estate, please contact:

Shawn Pillion at 843/ 647.9711

Shawn@ChuckTownHomes.com

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