Americans Still Prefer Buying a Home to Renting

Buying a Home Compared to Renting

Owning a home still has more appeal than renting for Americans, according to Fannie Mae. A sign of stability, safety, family and community, home ownership is an essential component of the “American Dream” of success and happiness and has been for many generations. The recent National Housing Survey (Q4, 2011) conducted by Fannie Mae found that this is still true.

The majority of those surveyed (at all education and demographic levels) still believe that owning a home is preferable to renting. The study, conducted from over 3,000 interviews, also showed that 64% of the renters surveyed planned on a future home purchase. Most of the survey participants listed high-ranking schools and safety as prime concerns when considering the location of that future home.

About 34% of those interviewed felt that “now” is a very good time to buy a home, but only 5% felt it was very likely that they would be purchasing a home in the next 12 months. The majority of survey participants (53%) felt that the housing market was likely to stay the same in the next year, but nearly all realized that the possibility of rental prices decreasing was unlikely. In fact many of those surveyed recognized the possibility of rental prices increasing, with 43% believing rents would increase and 47% believing they would stay the same. The majority of the respondents listed income, amount of down payment or job security as the largest obstacle to home ownership.
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San Diego Statistics Compare Buying a Home to Renting

Great article from one of San Diego’s best mortgage brokers:

“Take note of this figure.  In many San Diego sub-markets, (mostly the beach cities), housing prices will never reach parity with today’s rents.  Like the La Jolla example, inlaftion may cure that in 2-3 years.  Still, some San Diego County markets have already reached parity meaning, it’s cheaper to own rather than rent.  Even in some beach cities, like Oceanside or Imperial Beach.

I searched active Oceanside homes for sale and found one which is listed for $189,000.  With about $7,000 down payment,  and an FHA loan with a 4.88% APR, the monthly mortgage payment would be $1250, some $50-$100 below what it might fetch in rent.  That’s one of many Oceanside properties which are at or below parity for the rent V own model.”

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