At 4.85%, Should You Keep Renting or Just Buy?

by Mark Wellborn

Mortgage rates are at the lowest point that they have been in decades (4.85%). As a result, people who have been renting for a long time and were not even in the market for a home are now considering buying. Below we compare the costs of buying a property in two DC neighborhoods versus continuing to rent. (Note: These calculations do not include property insurance payments that would certainly bump up the monthly costs.)

One-bedroom in Logan Circle

  • Price: $365,000
  • 15% Down Payment: $54,750
  • Loan: $310,250
  • 30 year-fixed rate at 4.85%: $1,637/month
  • Condo Fees: $125/month
  • Property taxes: $169/month

Total monthly costs: $1,927
Average monthly rent in Logan Circle for 1 BR: $1,900

Two-bedroom in Columbia Heights

  • Price: $360,000
  • 15% Down Payment: $54,000
  • Loan: $306,000
  • 30 year-fixed rate at 4.85%: $1,614/month
  • Condo Fees: $230/month
  • Property taxes: Approx. $250/month

Total monthly costs: $2,094
Average monthly rent in Columbia Heights for 2 BR: $2,200

* Rent statistics courtesy of Rentometer.

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  1. Sarah said at 11:10 am on Monday March 30, 2009:

    Interesting, and these calculations do not even include the tax break for interest payments on the mortgage and property tax deduction.

    In the first example, it is quite possible that $1,300 of each monthly mortgage payment is interest rather than principal.  Over the course of the year, that homeowner could deduct $15,600 from their income, in addition to another $2,000 in property taxes. $17,600 in deductions could result in $6,000 or more cash back at the end of the year, which is the equivalent of saving an additional $500/month.

  1. Benji said at 5:24 pm on Monday March 30, 2009:

    Thank you for the calculations!

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