Rent Or Own

Dated: 11/13/2017

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Millennials are leading the way to single-family rentals, and myriad factors contribute to this trend. Many young adults aren’t in a hurry to lay down roots, whether they’re prone to traveling or simply aren’t ready to commit to one area or one home. Student loans and stagnant incomes can also make it harder to save up for a down payment. And it’s inevitable that young people who came of age during the housing bubble would be reluctant to take a leap of faith and commit to a 30-year mortgage.

When did home renting become so popular? The trend began with large firms buying up cheap homes during the recession and turning them into cash-generating rentals—often rented by families who’d lost their own homes or who could no longer qualify for mortgages. Institutional investors, which are organizations like banks, hedge funds, and mutual funds, gobbled up millions of single-family homes that fell into foreclosure. Now many small investors and individuals have taken advantage buying a handful of rental properties.

The main attraction to renting is obvious: buyers don’t need a large down payment to move in. While plenty of mortgage programs give would-be buyers a break on the traditional 20% down mortgage model. 

However programs of low down payment and zero down are back and available. Also, the credit pendulum is swinging back in favor of the buyer.  The STILL very low-interest rates and low inflation of our area make it is often less costly to own instead of paying rent.

If you want to find out what you can afford we can help. Give me a call. 


Frank "Cicci" Ruma
440-212-5626

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