Rising home prices and competitive markets across the nation have many renters thinking it’s not worth it to take the leap to homeownership. However, it is often better financially to own a home than to rent.
According to a recent Houston Agent article, GOBankingRates found that it’s more affordable to own a single-family home than to rent a single-family home in Texas, although the difference is marginal. The average monthly rent in Texas is $1,411 while the monthly mortgage payment is $1,330.
The website looked at the cost of renting versus owning a home across the country. By comparing the estimated rent price for homes listed on Zillow and the estimated monthly mortgage payment based on the median list price of homes listed on Zillow, based on a 20 percent down payment and a 30-year fixed-rate loan. The calculation also included insurance and taxes.
Compared to its 2016 results, the number of states where it’s more expensive to own than rent has increased from nine to 11. However, many renters may find it more difficult to switch over to homeownership because of the lack of inventory across the country. Additionally, saving up for the 20 percent down payment is a major hurdle for most.