Rising rents are forcing renters to outspend home owners on housing costs, according to a new study.
Since 2005, home owners’ housing expenses have climbed from 31.9 percent of their household budget to 33.2 percent. On the other hand, in that same time period, renters’ expenses have jumped from 35.6 percent to 38.4 percent, according to the October CoreLogic U.S. Housing and Mortgage Trends.
In the last 26 years, home owners have increased the amount they spend on household expenses by 12 percent while renters have increased it by 22 percent, according to the study.
Earlier this month, Capital Economics economists noted that for the first time in 30 years the median monthly mortgage payment is about the same — or less — than the median rental payment.
Source: Realtor Magazine Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, October 26, 2011 “Renters Outspend Owners on Housing,” RISMedia (Oct. 25, 2011) and Capital Economics