Buying a home is cheaper than renting one in these cities

Aly J. Yale
Aly J. Yale
The Mortgage Reports Contributor
December 18, 2019 - 2 min read

Georgia buyers are in luck

Buying a home may be cheaper than you think. In fact, according to a new report, in some cities, buying a home takes almost half as much money as it does to rent.

Where buying a home is cheaper than renting

According to a new analysis from, it takes just 18 percent of your monthly income to buy a home in Clayton, Georgia. But to rent one? It takes a whopping 32 percent.

Other cities in Georgia are equally as affordable for homeowners. In Richmond, homebuyers need to spend just 17 percent of their income a month, while renters spend 28 percent. In Muscogee, the difference is 19 percent vs. 28 percent.

It’s a bad time to be a renter — here’s how much rents jumped in the last year

Homebuyers in parts of Maryland (Baltimore City), New Jersey (Cumberland), Indiana (Vigo), Virginia (Hampton City), Michigan (Wayne), and Pennsylvania (Fayette and Schuylkill) also have the upper hand over renters.

In about 16 percent of counties nationwide, the cost of buying a home is cheaper than the monthly cost of renting.

Where renting wins out

Renting is still more favorable in high-cost housing markets like New York City and California’s Bay Area.

In New York, it takes 115 percent of a resident’s income to buy a home vs. just 30 percent to rent. The situation is improving, though. Last year, it took 28 percent of a person’s income to rent. Home prices in the city have also decreased 6 percent over the year.

New study reveals Millennials spend more than $100K in rent costs by age 30

According to Sabrina Speianu, senior economic research analyst at, this shift is happening across the country.

“After years of escalating home prices making the cost to purchase a home more expensive than renting in many of the nation’s largest counties, a shift in conditions has made purchasing a home this year more affordable than last year,” Speianu said. “Three in four large counties have seen the gap between the cost of renting vs. buying a home shrink in the past year.”

Get today’s mortgage rates

Want to save money and get out of the rent race? Then shop around and see what mortgage rates you qualify for today.

Popular Articles

The information contained on The Mortgage Reports website is for informational purposes only and is not an advertisement for products offered by Full Beaker. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not reflect the policy or position of Full Beaker, its officers, parent, or affiliates.