The latest rent ratios were released by Moody’s and can be seen in this New York Times article, giving support to the argument that in South Florida at least it is looking like it is more worthwhile to buy than to rent in today’s market of depressed home prices.
The rent ratio is the purchase price of the property divided by the annual cost of renting that property. The premise is that if the ratio is more than 20 (as in New York City for example), it is a better economic decision to rent. When the ratio is less than 15, the advantage tilts to owning. Between 15 and 20 is up in the air, but of course these ratios do not take into consideration potential price appreciation.
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