RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

OCT 2018

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88 October 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE According to an analysis recently released by realtor.com®, the cost of homeownership has increased more than three times the price of renting today—and, areas in grow- ing numbers are unaffordable. From July 2017 to July of this year, the ex- pense of homeownership (including insurance and taxes) mounted by 14 percent, to $1,647 (median, month- ly); to compare, the cost of renting rose 4 percent, to $1,267. Approxi- mately 40 percent of Americans are in a county that earns enough to pur- chase today. In addition, buying is cheaper in 35 percent of counties examined— a decrease from 44 percent in July 2017—and cheaper in only 7 per- cent of major markets, or those with over 100,000 residents. Roughly 290 counties are now in rent terri- tory, including freshly-minted Marion County, Ind. (Indianapolis); Bronx County, N.Y.; Richland County, S.C. (Columbia); Jackson County, Mo. (Kansas City); and Stark County, Ohio (Canton). "Even setting aside big upfront expenses like a down payment, ris- ing month-by-month costs are likely keeping many people from pur- chasing," says Danielle Hale, chief economist at realtor.com®. "Today, only 41 percent of people live in a county where the median-income family can afford to buy a home at the median list price, and afford- ability declined significantly over the past year." According to the analysis, buying is more expensive than renting in: New York County, N.Y. (Manhattan) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $9,840 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $2,086 Kings County, N.Y. (Brooklyn) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $4,860 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $2,086 Monterey County, Calif. (Salinas) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $4,816 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $1,682 San Mateo County, Calif. (Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Mateo) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $8,405 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $3,471 Santa Barbara County, Calif. (Santa Barbara, Santa Maria) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $4,878 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $1,910 Buying is financially more prudent than renting, however, in: Clayton County, Ga. (College Park, Jonesboro) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $699 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $1,236 Baltimore City, Md. (Baltimore, Towson) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $1,097 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $1,475 Wayne County, Mich. (Detroit) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $695 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $1,040 Cumberland County, N.C. (Fayetteville) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $864 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $1,012 Madison County, Ill. (Edwardsville, Granite City; outside of St. Louis, Mo.) Cost (Monthly) to Purchase: $832 Cost (Monthly) to Rent: $1,019 "Since homeownership has his - torically been an important source of household wealth creation, it could be problematic if this trend contin- ues for too long," Hale says. "Still, even in places where renting is cur- rently more affordable, rising home prices provide wealth-building oppor- tunity for homebuyers." RE For more information, please visit www.realtor.com. Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia's online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. Cost of Homeownership Increases 3 Times the Price of Renting W ith affordability draining quickly, the gap is growing between the amount of buyers with a desire to purchase, and the amount of buyers who actually can. by Suzanne De Vita

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