Cost Spread Between Owning a Home and Renting is Narrowing

With mortgage rates at record lows and housing markets stuffed to the gills with cheap distressed properties that's led to declining home prices, the cost to own a home is sometimes cheaper than renting an apartment in many markets, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. While a segment of the renting population continues to rent, many are looking to dip their toes in the homeownership waters. Credit Suisse said the percentage of median household income needed to pay the mortgage on a median priced home is at a 30-year low, as seen in the below chart.

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