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Is it Cheaper to Rent or Buy in Houston?

by Peter Thomas Ricci

Home prices have risen and mortgage rates have shot up by more than a percentage point – is it still cheaper to buy than rent in the Bayou City?

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The housing market of 2009, 2010 and 2011 was a homebuyer’s paradise. With home prices falling and mortgage rates at their lowest levels in decades, homeownership was so cheap that, in just about every major metropolitan area, it was far cheaper to own than it was to rent.

Now, though, things have changed. Not only have home prices risen aggressively in the last year, but mortgage rates have increased as well, and the two market forces have created a much different housing market for consumers in 2013.

But how different? Is homebuying, after all this change, still more affordable than renting, or have the tables turned? That was the question at the center of Trulia’s latest research, which looked at how the affordability situation has changed in the nation’s most prominent housing markets – and how it could change in the future. So how has it changed? See our infographic below to find out:

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