The Rent Versus Buy Debate: A Local Perspective

  • August 26th 2010

by UrbanTurf Staff

A DC area brokerage recently put together a rent-versus-buy analysis based on rental and home price information of four Northwest DC zip codes. The comparison of tenant versus home owner analyzed the average rental rate ($1,887 a month) against the average property price in 20008, 20009, 20015 and 20016 ($362,383), and projected out what those payments would be over five years. The chart below compares five-year payments on a 4.42 percent FHA loan, a 2.75 percent 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage and total rental payments over five years.

The Rent Versus Buy Debate: A Local Perspective: Figure 1
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The chart clearly puts forth the idea that with either of the loan options, buying is the better bet to save money and build equity in the long run. While it is important to keep in mind that this is a real estate brokerage putting out this analysis (and that a number of key metrics have been left out), the chart does include disclaimers regarding growth rates and rental projections. Also, conventional financing was not included in the analysis.

However, the big factor here is the growth in value of a home, and despite the fact that the rest of the country’s housing market seems to be down in the doldrums, home prices in the DC area look pretty good these days.

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_rent_versus_buy_debate_a_local_perspective/2423.

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