When Is It A Good Time To Rent Definitely NOT Now

Dated: 08/13/2015

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People often ask whether or not now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent.

The Census Bureau just released their second quartermedian rent numbers. Here is a graph showing rent increases from 1988 until today:

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At the same time, a report by Axiometrics revealed:

“The national apartment market’s annual effective rent growth rate of 5.1% in June 2015 represented a 47-month high, and continued a streak of 5.0%-plus rent growth that is now the longest in at least six years, according to apartment market research. The effective rent growth in June 2014 was 3.7%, putting June 2015’s exceptional performance into perspective.

This is the highest rate since the 5.3% of July 2011. The metric has reached at least 5.0% for five straight months, the longest such streak since Axiometrics started monthly reporting of annual apartment data in April 2009.”

Where will rents be headed in the future?

Stephanie McCleskey, Axiometrics vice president of research, commented on the above report in an article by Real Estate Economy Watch:

“Rent growth is just shy of the post-recession peak, and the June metrics reflect the continued strength of the apartment market. The demand for apartments is still strong, despite the record number of new units being delivered this year. Tight occupancy is why landlords can push rents higher.”

Bottom Line

If you are ready, willing and of course able to buy, NOW makes sense.

Please contact our preferred lender Tommy Bearint with Waterstone Mortgage to see how much of a house you qualify for, and for special purchase incentives.  If buying in Hillsborough County you may be eligible for up to $15,000 to use for down payment and closing costs which you do not have to pay back!  Tommy can be reached at 813-786-1941, TBearint@waterstonemortgage.com, or you can apply online at his website www.MortgagesByTommy.com.

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Michael Valdes

Realtor Michael Valdes was born in Tampa Florida and has lived and worked in the Tampa Bay area his entire life. He first got into the real estate industry working for large corporations such as JPMor....

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