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Rent vs. Buy: Which is Cheaper for You?

The decision to rent or buy a home depends on where you live and also on your mortgage rate, tax bracket, and time horizon. Read our full report here.
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What mortgage rate can you get
on a 30-year fixed-rate loan?
If you itemize your tax deduction,
what is your income tax bracket?
How many years will you stay
in your next home?

  • Cheaper to Rent   ←   
  •    →   Cheaper to Buy
  • 40%+
  • 40% – 20%
  • 20% – 0%
  • 0% – 20%
  • 20% – 40%
  • 40% – 60%
  • 60%+
Oakland, CA

It is 15% cheaper to rent