Renting vs Buying Homes in California

San Diego Housing Rent vs. Buy

Rent vs. Buy

Nowadays, consumers spend too much time contemplating whether it is more beneficial to buy a property or to continue renting a home or apartment, especially as statewide median prices continue to grow. The cost of buying a home, however, includes more than just the sticker price. In addition to the actual worth of the home, costs include insurance for the home (which can vary widely based on worth), taxes, improvements, and repairs.

On the other hand, the cost of renting includes the monthly rent payment, security deposits, and renters insurance, which offsets the benefits of renting.

That being said, if the buyer has the standard 20% down payment made, California residents can ultimately save more by buying instead of renting. This is due to the large increase in most rental prices. In addition, while property taxes remain robust, there are many tax deduction benefits to homeownership. 

Along with incorporating price levels, the analysis includes tax deduction benefits as many of the costs associated with homeownership general upkeep, inflation, insurance, mortgage rates; as well as the opportunity cost of not investing in the market, and general price levels.

On the rental side, it annualizes average rent and rent increases for the county (eg. it would understate the benefit of renting a rent stabilized unit) and includes rental insurance, and security deposits.


This information was provided by the California Association of Realtors Research and Economics Team.

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