Get Out Of The Rental Trap In 2019

Dated: April 25 2019

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When I meet with first time home buyers, by far the most common reason they decide to buy is that their rent gets raised every year and quickly becomes unaffordable. It's understandable in a high-demand area like ours but if you live in a full-service rental building, the management does not have to abide by any rent regulation laws so they can raise your rent to whatever they want! 


Don't spend any more time or money in this rental trap! KCM wrote a great, short article on how to break out which is below. Contact me anytime to learn the 4 simple steps to homeownership!


(From Keepingcurrentmatters.com)


Don’t Get Caught In The Rental Trap In 2019

Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019

Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone!

According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan on buying in the next 5 years, with 38% planning to buy in the next 2 years!

When those same renters were asked why they disliked renting, 52% said that rising rental costs were their top reason, and 42% of renters believe that their rent will rise every year. The full results of the survey can be seen below:

Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019 | Keeping Current Matters

It’s no wonder that rising rental costs came in as the top answer! The median asking rent price has risen steadily over the last 30 years, as you can see below!

Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019 | Keeping Current Matters

There is a long-standing rule that a household should not spend more than 28% of its income on housing expenses. With nearly half of renters (48%) surveyed already spending more than that, and with their rents likely to rise again… why are they renting?

When asked why they haven’t purchased a home yet, not having enough saved for a down payment (44%) came in as the top response. The report went on to reveal that nearly half of all respondents believe that “a 20% down payment is required to buy a home.”

If the majority of those who believe they haven’t saved a large enough down payment believe that they need 20% down to buy, that means a large number of renters may be able to buy now!

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many renters who is fed up with rising rents but may be confused about what is required to buy in today’s market, contact a local real estate professional who can help you on your path to homeownership.


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Brian McCarthy

I specialize in residential sales, purchases, luxury homes, rentals and investment properties. I am an 11 year resident of Hoboken, New Jersey and the Gold Coast, with the local knowledge needed to pr....

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