Rent vs Buy Reports

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor writes annual reports on whether it is a financial advantage to rent in the greater Portland metro or buy, and if you buy a home, how long you have to hold onto it to get that financial advantage. Whenever you're ready to buy a home, Stephen's partner and buyer's specialist Kami Price, licensed since 2004, is ready to assist you in any market.

If you’re considering buying a home in the next twelve months, Kami Price, buyers specialist would love to hear what you’re looking for. Call today to set an appointment.

Kami Price, Realtor
Represented Hundreds of Buyers
Licensed since 2004

Rent VS. Buy a Home in Portland, Oregon – 2024 Update

According to one survey, 94% of respondents considered owning a home part of the American Dream; however, 51% of people who didn’t already own a home worried that they never would. With a rising cost of housing prices, an increase in federal interest rates, and a lack of housing stock, this fear is somewhat warranted.  […]

Rent vs. Buy a Home in Portland, Oregon? A Financial Calculation 2023

In their 2022 Housing Survey, NeighborWorks America found that nearly nine in ten Americans agree that homeownership is important, and many see both increased feelings of security and connection to their community as significant benefits of owning a home. In reality, being a homeowner extends beyond the property itself to a sense of ownership and […]

Portland Rent vs. Buy a Home – 2022 Statistics

Homeownership makes people happy. No really. Study after study shows that homeownership positively effects a person’s life in more ways than financial security. The below is a report from NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® research division, article, “Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.” Rohe and Stegman found that low-income people who recently became homeowners reportedhigher […]

Rent vs. Buy a Portland Home in 2021

Potential first-time home buyers in 2021 have some tough decisions to make. Buying is always seen as more financially advantageous than renting, because the value of your investment will go up over time. After accumulating some funds for a down payment (and some roommate horror stories), most renters will attempt to buy a home in […]

Rent vs. Buy a Home in Portland – 2019 Update

The biggest question we get from a potential first time home buyer is: Which is more affordable, renting or buying a home in Portland?  Affordability is a multi-tiered puzzle. Potential Portland home buyers aren’t just impacted by their own finances — mortgage rates, property tax rates, home maintenance costs, and potential lifestyle changes brought on […]

Rent vs Buy, Portland Real Estate Market – 2019

According to Zillow research, rents fell nationwide this year for the first time in six years. Portland led the way with the biggest decline over last year: 2.7% What does this mean for renters who are considering purchasing a home in 2019? To find out, let’s put that number in context. Just three years ago, […]

Rent vs Buy in Portland, College Edition

Portland is home to a lot of great colleges — Portland Community College, Reed, Lewis and Clark, University of Portland, Concordia, Warner Pacific – to name just a few. Students from across the country will be moving to Portland this fall, and if you’re looking at this Portland real estate blog, chances are you’re a […]

In Portland, Buying a Home is Cheaper Than Renting

Max Radi and his partner Seth are not your typical homeowners. As recent college graduates with entry-level jobs, they were just looking for a decent place to rent near downtown Portland one year ago. “Then we started thinking about how we could get a decent return on our investment,” Max says. He looked at the […]

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