buying vs renting

First and foremost, a very Happy New Year to you all from the First International Title family. May 2016 be safe, healthy and prosperous for all of us!

As we dive into 2016, it should be noted that RealtyTrac is now saying that buying is still more affordable than renting in more than 50 percent of U.S. housing markets.

According to its 2016 Rental Affordability Analysis, RealtyTrac states this trend is developing despite the fact home price appreciation is outpacing rent growth in 55 percent of markets.

The study indicated renting was more affordable than buying in 213 of the 504 counties analyzed, but buying was more affordable than renting in the rest of the counties including those in Chicago, Phoenix, Miami, Southern California, Las Vegas and Detroit.

“Renters in 2016 will be caught between a rock and hard place, with rents becoming less affordable as they rise faster than wages, but home prices rising even faster than rents,” said RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist. “In markets where home prices are still relatively affordable, 2016 may be a good time for some renters to take the plunge into homeownership before rising prices and possibly rising interest rates make it increasingly tougher to afford to buy a home.”

As always, we advise that you do your due diligence when it comes to weighing the options of buying versus renting. Should you need any assistance, please reach out and we’ll certainly lend a capable hand.

Founded in 2009 during one of the slowest real estate markets in the past half century, First International Title has grown from a handful of offices to over 30 offices throughout the state, from Key West to Pensacola, including its company headquarters in Coral Springs. We provide closing services in English, Spanish, German and French. With a combined 1,000 years of experience, our staff has extensive experience closing residential, refinance, reverse mortgage, short sale, REO, deed-in-lieu and commercial transactions. We do not outsource or offshore any portion of our core title services. We employ our own searchers and examiners to ensure quick turn times and accuracy. At First International Title, we put our customers first.

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