Debdem, Home Owner in Long Island City, NY

is there a rent vs. buy calculator that considers the investment gain you would make on the money you would instead put down on a house?

Asked by Debdem, Long Island City, NY Wed May 11, 2011

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Suzanne MacDowell’s answer
Most economists say the rent to buy ratio should be 1:1 or 1:1.5 times. In other words, if it costs $1000 to rent then it should cost no more than $1500 to buy to be a good idea. It may be a bad idea right now in Nevada but our area, New York/New Jersey is either AT that price point or very, very close. Fortune magazine, this week, said NOW is the time to buy real estate and just yesterday on CNN I saw a financial analyst recommend real estate as an investment so strongly it amazed me.

Talk to a loan officer, you may not need a huge down payment, FHA requries 3.5% only. Then do the math. I am working with a couple right now who are purchasing a two bedroom house. Their mortgage payment (with a sizeable down payment, but that is a choice) is going to be around $1200 for principal and interest. To rent the same house would cost around $1600 - $1700 per month, which means in this case it is cheaper to buy than to rent.

It is very wise to look at purchasing a home as a business decision. You are to be congratulated for that! Now, go do your research and then do the math. And by all means let us know what you find!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 12, 2011
"investment gain" in 'real estate' in 2011. I don't think you need a calculator for that. The cHoice under almost any scenerio is Rent.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 11, 2011
Just google on the internet...there are lots of them out there and they are all pretty good.
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