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Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less

Thursday, April 25, 2019   /   by Brandon Gonzales

Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less

In a recent Insights BlogCoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased.



“CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.”



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Why the difference between the costs of renting versus owning?


It makes sense that rents have risen. However, how did mortgage payments decrease? CoreLogic explained:



“It’s mainly because mortgage rates back in December 2005 were significantly higher, averaging 6.3% for a fixed-rate 30-year loan, compared with 4.6% in December 2018. 


The national median sale price in December 2005 – $190,000 – was lower than the $220,305 median in December 2018, but because of higher mortgage rates in 2005 the typical monthly mortgage payment was slightly higher back then – $941 – compared with $904 in December 2018.”



Additionally, a recent report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that purchasing a home requires less of your monthly paycheck.


According to the Economists’ Outlook Blog, NAR’s February 2019 Housing Affordability Indexshowed that the “percentage of income needed” to pay the typical mortgage has decreased the last three months.



  • November – 17.3%

  • December – 16.9%

  • January – 16.2%

  • February – 15.9%


Bottom Line


What does this all mean to the current housing market? We think First American said it best in a post last week:



“The mortgage rate-driven affordability surge has arrived just in time… Rising affordability has already benefited home buyers and, if the lower rate environment persists, we’re in for a great spring home-buying season.”


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