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    Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less

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    In a recent Insights BlogCoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased.

    “CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.”

    Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less | MyKCM

    Why the difference between the costs of renting versus owning?

    It makes sense that rents have risen. However, how did mortgage payments decrease? CoreLogic explained:

    “It’s mainly because mortgage rates back in December 2005 were significantly higher, averaging 6.3% for a fixed-rate 30-year loan, compared with 4.6% in December 2018.

    The national median sale price in December 2005 – $190,000 – was lower than the $220,305 median in December 2018, but because of higher mortgage rates in 2005 the typical monthly mortgage payment was slightly higher back then – $941 – compared with $904 in December 2018.”

    Additionally, a recent report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that purchasing a home requires less of your monthly paycheck.

    According to the Economists’ Outlook Blog, NAR’s February 2019 Housing Affordability Index showed that the “percentage of income needed” to pay the typical mortgage has decreased the last three months.

    • November – 17.3%
    • December – 16.9%
    • January – 16.2%
    • February – 15.9%

    Bottom Line

    What does this all mean to the current housing market? We think First American said it best in a post last week:

    “The mortgage rate-driven affordability surge has arrived just in time… Rising affordability has already benefited home buyers and, if the lower rate environment persists, we’re in for a great spring home-buying season.”

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    Alan Harling

    I relocated to Colorado from Illinois where I built a successful career in real estate representing both buyers and sellers. My success was based on building a relationship of trust and understanding with my clients, utilizing data to support actions, and implementing problem solving skills throughout the contract-to-closing process – all of which you can expect me to continue as I launch my business in Colorado. Experience as a certified Project Management Professional laid the foundation for my organization and management skills which carry over into my real estate business. Personal experience as a collegiate athlete and coach contribute to my competitive spirit. In my free time, I enjoy exploring hiking trails, spending time with my husband and three sons, and spoiling our dog Lilly.

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