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Month: January 2016

Better to buy than rent in Albuquerque

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Home buying is more affordable than renting in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties according to RealtyTrac

Buying a house is still more affordable than renting a place with similar square footage in 58 percent of U.S. housing markets, according to RealtyTrac.

 

RealtyTrac released its 2016 Rental Affordability Analysis last week and found it’s cheaper to buy a house than rent in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties.

 

The report looked at average three-bedroom rental units and homes in 54 counties across the U.S., and compared numbers from the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as weekly wages through the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

In Bernalillo County, RealtyTrac found the average wage earner would spend 36.6 percent of their income on a monthly home payment, compared to 37.7
percent of their income on rent. In Sandoval County, the disparity was even more apparent, with residents having to spend 33.8 percent of wages
on a home, compared to 39 percent of take-home pay on rent.

 

RealtyTrac vice president Daren Blomquist said with rents rising faster than wages in most markets, it may be a good time to buy for new homeowners.

 

“In markets where home prices are still relatively affordable, 2016 may be a good time for some renters to take the plunge into homeownership before
rising prices and possibly rising interest rates make it increasingly tougher to afford to buy a home,” Blomquist said.

 

On the other hand, RealtyTrac found it’s cheaper to rent than buy in Santa Fe County. The average Santa Fe worker would have to spend more than half
of their income to afford a house payment in The City Different, compared to about 39.1 percent on rent.

 

As expected, it’s cheaper to rent than buy in bigger markets on the coasts and in Texas. RealtyTrac has an interactive map showing four New Mexico
counties and data from other states.

 

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