California Renters Pay More for Housing Than if They Bought

Movoto.com cost analysis shows it’s often more cost effective to buy instead of rent your home in California

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Buying may be cheaper than renting in California.

Buying a home may be cheaper than renting in California.

The difference in monthly cost is significant. Current renters and future home buyers should factor this into their housing decision.

San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) May 02, 2012

In California’s most prominent metro areas renters are paying more each month for their units than homeowners in similar homes.

In a recent analysis, Movoto.com, a leading provider of free access to MLS listings and introductions to top real estate agents, found on average renters are spending $480 more each month than homeowners.

Movoto.com examined the cost effectiveness of buying a home versus renting an apartment in 11 prominent Californian metro counties: Alameda County, Contra County, El Dorado County, Los Angeles County, Nevada County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Francisco County, San Mateo Country, Santa Clara County, and Yuba County.

The analysis found it was cheaper to buy a home instead of renting in 8 of 11 counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, El Dorado County, Los Angeles, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Mateo County, and Yuba County were all lower cost to buy a home.

In each of these counties the difference was pronounced. Movoto.com found that versus buying a home:

Alameda County renters pay an additional $332/month;
Contra Costa County renters pay an additional $905;
El Dorado County renters pay an additional $330;
Los Angeles County renters pay an additional $174;
Riverside County renters pay an additional $867;
San Bernardino County renters pay an additional $507;
San Mateo County renters pay an additional $479; and
Yuba County renters pay an additional $248.

“The difference in monthly cost is significant,” said Mark Brandemuehl, vice president of Marketing at Movoto.com. “Current renters and future homebuyers should factor this into their housing decision. In this difficult economic time every dollar matters.”

To complete the cost analysis, Movoto.com compared the average monthly mortgage cost and associated taxes of a 3-bedroom, single-family residence to the average monthly cost of renting an apartment. Information on the average monthly rent cost was provided by real estate data and analytic firm Altos Research, which offers the largest housing and apartment rental database in the United States.

The analysis assume a 35 percent marginal income tax rate, a 1.5 percent property tax rate, a 20% down payment and a mortgage interest rate of 4%. The analysis only compared the current cost of renting to the current monthly cost of buying and does not include the benefit of avoiding future rent increases or gaining property appreciation over the ownership period.

About Movoto
Founded in 2005, San Mateo based Movoto is led by an experienced team of real estate industry veterans and internet technology experts with a shared vision of making it easy to buy a home. Movoto provides a unique online home-buying solution that combines innovative, easy-to-use research tools with ready access to a network of experienced local real estate agents. In 2011, Movoto was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies. For more information about Movoto please visit http://www.movoto.com/about.aspx.

About Altos Research
Altos Research is the premier provider of real-time real estate information. As the only national source of primary research in the active housing market, Altos Research produces unique statistics, leading indicators, and web applications used for analysis. Altos watches the active housing market, about 2 million properties each week, in 20,000 zip codes, and calculates price changes, supply and demand statistics and market psychology statistics for local market understanding. Altos clients are anyone with exposure to real estate: financial institutions, investors, and thousands of real estate professionals around the country. http://www.altosresearch.com


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