In a report released by Trulia earlier this year, it was found that it is still cheaper to pay a mortgage versus paying rent. Over 100 of the largest metropolitan areas were surveyed, and renting was nearly 40% more expensive than purchasing and making payments on a home.
Even with home prices on the rise, low mortgage rates have made payments manageable, and in most cases less than a monthly mortgage payment for the same space. In fact, mortgage rates would need to rise by over 10% in order for renting to be cheaper than buying, and rates haven’t been that high in over 18 years.
It is also important to keep in mind that purchasing a home is an investment, rather than simply a monthly housing cost. Although home price fluctuations have widely varied in the past decade or so, forecasts look good for the housing market overall in the coming years.