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Most Renters Regret Not Buying a Home

by Ben Nicolas on August 4, 2017


Buyer’s remorse doesn’t limit itself to clothing, cars and lavish dinners. For renters in America, their biggest shared regret is choosing to lease instead of buying their first home. So, why don’t tenants transition into homeownership?


According to a recent Trulia survey on the effects of the real estate market rebound, most Americans believe housing costs have become less affordable since 2012. About a quarter of people who earn $100,000 or more per year assume they could not afford to buy a home under the currently tight home buying conditions.  Despite these supposed restrictions, the general outlook on homeownership remains positive.


Some renters may be surprised to learn that when it comes to cost savings, buying beats renting by a landslide (in most cases). In the Los Angeles metro, for example, it’s 29 percent cheaper to buy than it is to rent when all costs are averaged out over time. The Rent vs. Buy gap factors in all costs associated with both leasing (monthly rent, insurance, security deposit) and buying (down payment, mortgage, insurance, taxes and deductions).


To elucidate further, consider the long-term cost differences between renting and buying in three popular Los Angeles neighborhoods:


West Los Angeles

According to Trulia’s market trends, the current median rent in West Los Angeles is a steep $4,575 per month. Meanwhile, the median sales price is $996,750 per month. Per Trulia’s Rent vs. Buy calculator, buying a home in West Los Angeles is 28 percent cheaper than renting in West Los Angeles. When averaged over time, renters in West L.A. pay $4,409 per month while homeowners face $3,153 per month in monthly expenses.


Echo Park

The median home in Echo Park sells for $835,000 while nearby apartments rent for $3,700 per month. Using the same parameters listed above with the current median prices, buying a home in Echo Park is 25 percent cheaper than renting in the same neighborhood. Monthly rental costs in Echo Park average out to approximately $3,556 per month while owning takes $2,664 per month when aggregated over time.



As one of the most expensive rental markets in the Los Angeles area, the current median rent in Westwood is a lofty $7,295 per month, up from $6,550 one year ago. Meanwhile, the median sales price on homes in Westwood is $960,000. This makes buying a Westwood home 57 percent cheaper than renting one. The costs of renting in Westwood averages out to $7,036 per month over time, while owning a home in Westwood requires a more manageable $3,031 each month.



Evidently, buying a home is a universal goal among Americans. Perhaps the biggest deterrence is a fear of remorse, thanks to the Great Recession, and a perceived lack of home buying affordability. However, once renters overcome the initial down payment hurdle, buying a home in the Los Angeles area appears to be the more economical route after all.



House votes to abolish Dodd Frank

June 8, 2017

I know this has been rumored for awhile but still….!Wow!   https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40376-house-votes-to-abolish-dodd-frank?eid=311689276&bid=1780120

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Trump Freezes Mortgage Insurance Premium Reduction Scheduled for This Month

January 21, 2017

News hit today that within the first hour of his presidency, Donald Trump has put a freeze on the pending reduction to mortgage insurance premiums that was scheduled to take effect on January 27th. The departing secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, had prepared the reduction as a parting gift […]

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Lower Mortgage Payments for Los Angeles Buyers/Owners as FHA lowers Insurance premiums

January 18, 2017

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced changes to FHA loan premiums. While upfront mortgage insurance premiums will remain at 175 basis points (1.75%), annual mortgage insurance premiums are seeing a decrease. Basis points will be dropping across the board. Depending on a few factors, your MIP could drop anywhere from 15 to […]

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CFPB declared Unconstitutional as currently constructed

October 11, 2016

To those in the industry this headline comes as very little surprise…Dodd-Frank was definition of over regulation in Mortgage Industry for every positive change that helped the consumer there were 20 additional steps in the process that were unnecessary, slowed down the process and handcuffed innovation. Too much power, too much interference, too much wanting […]

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Is it possible rate locks will be eliminated in Mortgage Industry?

January 20, 2016

The overly ridiculous compliance rules that have been instituted in our industry over the last couple years make me think this might be the case. In an attempt to “protect” the consumer the laws related to anything changing from initial disclosure have become so absurd that I’ve seen wholesale lenders have to eat rate lock […]

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Preview of new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) going live August 1st 2015

June 5, 2015

2 new forms Loan Estimate (LE) (replaces GFE & TIL) [contains new total interest paid TIP calculation] Closing Disclosure (CD) replaces HUD-1 LE to consumer w/in 3 days of Application LE 7 days b4 closing IMPORTANT: CD must be received no later than 3 biz days before consumation (signs the promissory note) **most significant change […]

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Opportunity Knocks as Mortgage Rates Surge Lower 1-6-15

January 7, 2015

http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/reports/mortgage_rates/2015/1/6/1389 All you really need to know is that if you are thinking of buying or refinancing right now (this 1st week of January 2015) has a good chance of being the best time all year to lock in a rock bottom interest rate.

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Hallelujah-Hallelujah President to Announce Reduction in FHA Premiums

January 7, 2015

FHA Premiums were getting out of control. This is great news for the Residential Real Estate & Mortgage Industry. http://dsnews.com/news/01-07-2015/report-president-announce-reduction-fha-premiums http://www.mpamag.com/mortgage-originator/obama-to-announce-cut-in-fha-premiums-20819.aspx **Post Update** 1-7-15 @ 1:29pm Annoncement of HUD’s plan to lower FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums has been confirmed

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FHA’s current less than <90 Day Flip underwriting guidelines sunsetting 12/31/2014

December 23, 2014

FHA’s policy allowing less than 90 day flip transactions is set to expire at the end of 2014. For less than 90 day flip transactions, only fully executed contracts signed by all parties on or before December 31, 2014 will be eligible to be closed under the terms currently set forth in the FHA Credit […]

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