Buying Remains 36% Cheaper Than Renting!
One of the main reasons that owning a home has remained significantly cheaper than renting is the fact that interest rates have remained at or near historic lows. August 11, 2016, Freddie Mac reports that rates fell again last week to 3.43%.
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.45 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending August 11, 2016, up from last week when it averaged 3.43 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.94 percent.
15-year FRM this week averaged 2.76 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.74 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.17 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.74 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.73 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.93 percent.
Nationally, rates would have to rise to 10.6% for renting to be cheaper than buying – and rates haven’t been that high since 1989.
Buying a home makes sense socially and financially. If you are one of the many renters who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, let’s get together and find you your dream home.