Trulia's Rent vs. Buy Index - Q2 2011

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  • 1. Trulia’s Rent vs. Buy Index
    April 2011
  • 2. Key National Findings
  • 3.  Top U.S. Cities Where Buying a Home Beats Renting
  • 4.  Top U.S. Cities Where Renting Reigning Supreme Over Buying
  • 5.  U.S. Cities with Biggest Q/Q Movement in Favor of Homeownership
  • 6. Key Regional Findings
  • 7. Extra
    INTERACTIVE RENT VS. BUY MAPCheck out Trulia’s new interactive rent vs. buy map to see the differences between renting for a year and buying a similar two-bedroom apartment, condo or townhouse in America’s 50 largest cities.
    RENT VS. BUY CALCULATORCompare the costs of owning versus renting a home with Trulia’s rent vs. buy calculator to see which option may be a better fit for your financial needs.
  • 8. Methodology
    Trulia calculated the Q2 2011 price-to-rent ratio for the 50 largest U.S. cities using the median list price compared with the median rent on two-bedroom apartments, condominiums and townhomes listed on Trulia.comas of April 1, 2011.
    Sample Price-to-Rent Ratio Calculation:
    • Median List Price: $140,201.37
    • 9. Median Rent: $1,871.65
    • 10. Price-to-rent ratio: $140,201.37 ÷ ($1,871.65 x 12) = 6
    Interpretation Key:
    • Price-to-Rent Ratio of 1-15: Owning a home is much less expensive than renting in this city.
    • 11. Price-to-Rent Ratio of 16-20: The total costs of homeownership in this city are greater than the costs of renting, but it might still make financial sense to buy depending on the situation.
    • 12. Price-to-Rent Ratio of 21+: Renting in this city is much less expensive than owning a home.
    • Total costs of homeownership include mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, hazard insurance, closing costs at time of purchase and ongoing HOA dues and private mortgage insurance, where applicable. It also includes an offset for the tax advantages of homeownership, including mortgage interest, property tax and closing cost deductions.
    • 13. Total costs of renting include rent and renter's insurance.