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Most Renters Are Paying Far More Than Their Landlord’s Mortgage

Most Renters Are Paying Far More Than Their Landlord's MortgageIt is not uncommon for renters to pay more in rent than their landlord’s mortgage payment. This is because landlords are typically looking to make a profit on their rental properties, and they will often set their rent prices based on market rates rather than the cost of their mortgage.

There are several reasons why renters often pay more than a mortgage payment:

Renters are not building equity: When you make a mortgage payment, you are building equity in your home. Equity is the value of your home that you actually own. As you pay down your mortgage, you own more and more of your home. Renters, on the other hand, are not building equity in their homes. They are simply paying for the use of the property.

Renters don’t get tax benefits: Homeowners can deduct their mortgage interest and property taxes from their income taxes, which can save them a significant amount of money. Renters, on the other hand, do not get these tax benefits.

Landlords have to cover maintenance costs: When you rent a property, the landlord is responsible for maintenance and repairs. This includes everything from fixing a leaky faucet to replacing a roof. These costs are factored into the rent payment, so renters end up paying for these expenses indirectly.

Supply and demand: Depending on the area and the rental market, there may be more demand for rental properties than there is supply. This can drive up rental prices, making them higher than mortgage payments.

Location: In some areas, it may simply be more expensive to rent than it is to buy a home. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as high demand, limited supply, or a desirable location.

Overall, there are many factors that can contribute to renters paying more than a mortgage payment. It’s important to note that while renters may feel like they are paying more than their landlord’s mortgage, they are also benefiting from the convenience and flexibility of renting. Renters typically do not have to worry about property maintenance or repair costs, and they have the ability to move more easily than homeowners. Renting can still be a good choice for some people, depending on their financial situation and lifestyle.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 5, 2023

What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week - June 5, 2023Last week’s economic reporting included readings from S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices on home prices, reports on U.S. jobs growth, and the national unemployment rate. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.

S&P Case-Shiller: Limited Supply of Available Homes Boosts Prices in March

Limited supplies of homes for sale drove home prices up in March. Home prices rose by 0.40 percent month-to-month as compared to 0.70 percent year-over-year. Cities with the highest rates of home price growth were Miami, Florida, where home prices rose 7.70 percent year-over-year, Tampa, Florida with a year-over-year pace of  4.80 percent home price growth, and Charlotte, North Carolina, where home prices rose by 4.70 percent year-over-year.

High mortgage rates impacted both home buyers and sellers as average mortgage rates approached 7 percent. Higher mortgage rates create higher monthly payments and also affect buyers’ ability to qualify for mortgage loans. Homeowners who refinanced to lower mortgage rates during the pandemic stayed in their homes rather than buying new homes or refinancing their current homes at higher interest rates.

The Commerce Department reported that construction spending rose by 7.2 percent year-over-year .and 1.2 percent month-to-month in April. Private residential construction rose by 0.50 percent in April, but single-family home construction fell by -0.8 percent.

Mortgage Rates and Jobless Claims Rise

Freddie Mac reported higher average mortgage rates last week as the rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose by 22 basis points to 6.79 percent. Rates for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages rose by 21 basis points to an average rate of 6.18 percent.

232,000 new jobless claims were filed last week; analysts expected 235,000 initial claims to be filed as compared to the prior week’s reading of 230,000 initial jobless claims filed. The national unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent in May. Analysts expected a national unemployment rate of  3.5 percent in May.

In related news, U.S. employment rose as 339,000 jobs were added in May; analysts expected a reading of 190,000 jobs added.  294,000 jobs were added in April.

What’s Ahead

This week’s scheduled economic reporting includes weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims.


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S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices Show Mixed Readings in March

S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices Show Mixed Readings in MarchMarch readings for the S&P Case-Shiller National Home Price Index showed that month-to-month home prices rose by 0.40 percent in March. The 20-City Home Price Index, which is considered a benchmark indicator by U.S. real estate professionals, rose by 0.50 percent month-to-month in March but posted a negative reading of -1.10 percent year-over-year. Analysts said that the slim supply of homes for sale drove up prices as demand for homes exceeded available inventory.

Homeowners took a “wait and see” position as mortgage rates rose and concerns over the economy persisted. Those who refinanced their mortgages to low rates during the pandemic weren’t looking to buy new homes or refinance at current mortgage rates near seven percent. Prospective homebuyers faced affordability challenges and concerns over buying at the top of their local real estate markets.

Southeast leads the  U.S. in home price growth

U.S. home price growth dominated the S&P Case-Shillere 20-City Home Price Index in March; the top three cities reporting the highest year-over-year home price appreciation rates were Miami, Florida with 7.7 percent growth. Tampa, Florida reported 4.8 percent home price growth and Charlotte, North Carolina held third place with 4.7 percent year-over-year home price growth.

The Western region continued to lag as year-over-year home prices fell by -1.10 percent from March 2022 to March 2023 as compared with 0.40 percent year-over-year growth in February. Data included in S&P Case-Shiller readings are seasonally adjusted. All 20 cities reported home price gains on a month-to-month basis, which indicates that housing prices continue to recover from the lows that occurred during the pandemic. Home prices will indicate further developments in the economic recovery based on how home prices and sales perform during the typically busy summer home-buying season. 

FHFA reports 3.6 percent year-over-year home price growth in March

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees government-sponsored mortgage enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reported 3.6 percent seasonally-adjusted year-over-year growth in home prices for U.S.  properties owned and sold by the two government-sponsored organizations. FHFA reported regional home price growth rates for the nine U.S. Census divisions; month-to-month results ranged from -10 percent in the Pacific division to 1.20 percent growth in the Mountain division.