Rent or Buy Your Home…Which is Better?

Rent or buy? Gosh, isn’t that the $64 Million Dollar question? And as many things go in real estate, the answer depends on your circumstances.

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Let’s start with the current state of rentals here in Phoenix.

In the ARMLS rental database the overall average lease rate for active listings is $1,820 per month and the average sq. ft. is 1,932. For apartments, the average rent is $1,568 with an average sq. ft. of 1,102 giving us an average rent of $1.42 per sq. ft. A year ago the rate was $1.22 per sq. ft., so the rise in asking price is 16.6% in just 12 months. The number of active apartment rental listings has declined 10% from 643 to 578 since last year.

In  nutshell, rents are rising and there are fewer homes to rent. And by the way, who wants to live in an apartment? Seriously. So let’s just focus on the houses.

If you are paying $1820 a month to rent a house, you might be thinking that you could be spending that money on a mortgage payment instead. For a low down payment, FHA-type loan, that gets you about $265,000 in house spending dollars. That gets you into a pretty nice house! But is it still better to buy or rent?

Reality time…

Check out this great rent-vs-buy calculator that the NY Times put together. It factors in all the costs of both buying and renting, and analyzes the pay-off for each. Given the scenario above, spending $1800 in rent vs $1800 in mortgage (plus taxes and insurance), if you are staying put for at least 2 years, buying will probably be the better choice, financially speaking. If  you are spending $1500 in rent, but could buy an equivalent house for $225,000, in two years, you will be ahead if you buy instead of renting.

Given the current climate in Phoenix right now, if you stay at least 2-3 years at the same address, you will most often  spend less if you buy a home rather than renting an equivalent home.

Of course, there’s the matter of the down payment…for an FHA loan, you must put down at least 3.5% of the purchase price for your down payment. Add to that closing costs, and you are looking at about $13,500 in cash. Yikes!

But start thinking you will never live long enough to make this dream a reality. It is possible to negotiate with the seller to add the closing costs to the purchase price, effectively financing those closing costs. AND you might be eligible for on of the down payment assistance programs that could cover the down payment. With $1000-2000 in your pocket, you could cover the remaining costs. Now that’s a pretty sweet deal!

Check out homes in the East Valley – Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert – that might make great alternatives to renting…

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1897 Leisure World --, Mesa 85206, Leisure World Plat 17 Amd

  • $237,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,449
  • Lot size: 6,789
  • Year built: 1984
  • MLS #: 5971979
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2152 E Juanita Avenue, Mesa 85204, Mesa Tierra NO 3

  • $235,000
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 1
  • Home size: 1,114
  • Lot size: 7,107
  • Year built: 1977
  • MLS #: 5917453
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730 S Edgewater Drive, Mesa 85208, Apache Country Club Ests 1

  • $225,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 1.75
  • Home size: 1,158
  • Lot size: 7,941
  • Year built: 1961
  • MLS #: 5950902
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6724 E Adobe Street, Mesa 85205, Dreamland Villa

  • $239,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,568
  • Lot size: 7,710
  • Year built: 1974
  • MLS #: 5970659
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176 S Aspen Drive, Chandler 85226, Crestview Unit 3 Lot 84-184 TR A

  • $229,900
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 1
  • Home size: 867
  • Lot size: 8,150
  • Year built: 1983
  • MLS #: 5968890
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1629 E 2nd Avenue, Mesa 85204, Mesa Linda 3

  • $235,900
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 2,125
  • Lot size: 7,527
  • Year built: 1961
  • MLS #: 5955950
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5827 E Dodge Street, Mesa 85205, Dreamland Villa 10

  • $195,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,064
  • Lot size: 7,498
  • Year built: 1969
  • MLS #: 5969571
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2201 E Holmes Avenue, Mesa 85204, Knoell Mesa Unit 2

  • $235,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,343
  • Lot size: 8,085
  • Year built: 1980
  • MLS #: 5941405
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345 E 9th Drive, Mesa 85210, Esquire Terrace 2

  • $245,000
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,526
  • Lot size: 6,425
  • Year built: 1960
  • MLS #: 5968666
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843 N Cheri Lynn Drive, Chandler 85225, Thunderbird Park Plat 2

  • $250,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,499
  • Lot size: 7,484
  • Year built: 1961
  • MLS #: 5963068
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204 S Valle Verde --, Mesa 85208, Signal Butte Ranch Unit 1

  • $244,999
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,190
  • Lot size: 5,510
  • Year built: 1998
  • MLS #: 5956583
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428 S Roanoke --, Mesa 85206, Sunland Village 2

  • $224,900
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 1.75
  • Home size: 1,296
  • Lot size: 6,524
  • Year built: 1976
  • MLS #: 5958301
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2534 E Baltimore Street, Mesa 85213, Mesa Villas Replat

  • $239,900
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 1.75
  • Home size: 1,183
  • Lot size: 7,230
  • Year built: 1979
  • MLS #: 5955772
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4553 E Florian Circle, Mesa 85206, Sunland Village 8 Lot 498-705 TR A

  • $250,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 1.75
  • Home size: 1,786
  • Lot size: 7,255
  • Year built: 1984
  • MLS #: 5962947
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616 S Clearview Avenue, Mesa 85208, Apache Country Club Ests 3

  • $249,900
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,856
  • Lot size: 7,292
  • Year built: 1973
  • MLS #: 5951841
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616 S Portland --, Mesa 85206, Sunland Village

  • $217,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 1.75
  • Home size: 1,620
  • Lot size: 6,390
  • Year built: 1976
  • MLS #: 5957489
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1123 Leisure World --, Mesa 85206, Leisure World Plat 12

  • $249,500
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 1.75
  • Home size: 1,579
  • Lot size: 8,044
  • Year built: 1987
  • MLS #: 5937276
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2156 N Stockton Place, Mesa 85215, Apache Wells Mobile Park 4B

  • $230,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,564
  • Lot size: 5,742
  • Year built: 1976
  • MLS #: 5781057
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6621 S Oakmont Drive, Chandler 85249, Sunbird Unit Nine

  • $230,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,017
  • Lot size: 3,219
  • Year built: 1994
  • MLS #: 5939208
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6706 E Adobe Street, Mesa 85205, Dreamland Villa 16

  • $180,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,378
  • Lot size: 7,585
  • Year built: 1973
  • MLS #: 5711844
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