Buying Versus Renting in Today's Market

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By Serj Markarian, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and Manhattan Market Expert

Despite expectations that rental prices had peaked, they've continued soaring to record-breaking highs. Last month's news of stagnant interest rates prompted some prospective buyers to pivot, flooding an already saturated market with additional renters. However, despite the uptick in rates, Greg Heym, Chief Economist at Brown Harris Stevens, notes that while mortgage rates have risen, they remain nearly 1 percent lower than the average rate over the past 50 years.

This brings us to the topic of homeownership. It's widely acknowledged that real estate stands as a solid long-term strategy for wealth accumulation. A study from last year revealed that homeowner wealth significantly surpasses that of renters. "A monthly mortgage payment is often likened to a forced savings account, helping homeowners amass a net worth approximately 40 times greater than that of renters," as Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), underscores.

Investing in homeownership, whether now or in the future, proves to be a prudent move. In fact, in a Gallup poll conducted last May, it was voted the best long-term investment for the 11th consecutive year. Real estate continues to be the preferred choice over stocks, gold, savings accounts, CDs, or bonds among Americans.

Homeownership stands out as one of the safest investments available. While the housing market experiences its inevitable fluctuations, in the grand scheme, owning a home means your net worth grows as your property appreciates and you chip away at your mortgage. Acquiring a home is a substantial financial decision and a wise addition to a diversified portfolio.

I always encourage clients to thoroughly evaluate their options and consider the long-term implications before committing to a significant life decision like purchasing a home. Each individual's circumstances are unique, and there may be other factors at play that could impede swift action. 

Don't hesitate to reach out if you're ready to explore your options further and take the next step towards homeownership, or if you're simply tired of the burden of high rent. I'm happy to help guide you through the process and find the best solution tailored to your needs.

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