Rising rents another reason to purchase a home now, Realtor says
Rental rates are quickly rising and available rental units are few and far between these days. The market has swung in favor of landlords, and renters have been left with higher rents, fewer options, and a lack of move-in incentives such as a month’s rent free and other concessions.
According to a rental index by willow, an online home and real estate marketplace, median rents rose 3 percent nationally from January 2011 to January 2012. At the same time, the number of renters has increased due to the economic and employment challenges of the past several years.
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“Affordable home prices and record-low mortgage rates have been the hallmark of the real estate marketplace for several years running,” said Jim Weichert, president and founder of Weichert, Realtors.
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“With interest rates still at historic lows and home prices more affordable than in years past, this might be the best opportunity a renter has to realize their dream of homeownership,” Weichert said. “Those who can afford to buy now and wish to own a home down the road could cost themselves tens of thousands of dollars by continuing to rent because home prices and interest rates are expected to rise in the future.”