US – 10 Cities Where It’s Much Cheaper to Rent Than Own

As rents continue to rise and home prices continue to decline, the advantages of renting over owning is becoming ever narrower in many major metropolitan areas.

Here’s a look at the top 10 cities where it makes more financial sense to rent:

City

Breakeven time (years)

San Jose, Calif.

8.3

Honolulu, Hi.

6

San Francisco, Calif.

5.9

New York City, New York

5.1

Boston, Mass.

4.3

Los Angeles, Calif.

4.3

Seattle, Wash.

4

San Diego, Calif.

3.6

Washington, D.C.

3.5

Portland, Ore.

3.5

According to the latest data from Zillow, nearly 75 percent of the 200 metro areas it surveyed would see homeowners reach a “breakeven point” in three years or less. The breakeven point essentially refers to the amount of time a homeowner would need to live in a new home before the cost of owning becomes less than the cost of renting.
Despite these findings, the consensus seems to be that people are still scared to enter into homeownership due to a fragile economy. And financing is certainly tougher to come by these days. But that doesn’t mean homeownership isn’t gradually becoming a more viable financial option for the latest generation of renters.
Source: MFE
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