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Rent vs. Own - Another Reason for a VA Loan

Buying beats renting in many spots across the U.S. See why zero-down VA loans combined with low rates make now a great time for veterans to buy almost anywhere. 

Veterans already have many great reasons to use their zero-down VA loan benefits. But new rent vs. own data makes buying a home with a VA loan even more attractive. Now, it's cheaper to own than rent in all 100 U.S. metro areas referenced in top home price indexes. According to the Trulia Rent vs. Buy Report – Summer 2012, owning a home is 24% to 70% cheaper than renting one. 

No matter where veterans live, it's likely the average mortgage payment is less than the average rent for a comparable property. We've created a table to show you just how affordable it is to buy a home in metro areas near major military bases in California, Texas and Florida – three states well populated by veterans:

Metro Area

House Payment

Rent

Payment

Owner Savings $

Owner Savings %

Fresno, CA

$672

$1,333

$661

50%

Los Angeles, CA

$1,379

$2,020

$641

32%

Oakland, CA

$1,331

$2,321

$990

43%

Orange County, CA

$1,610

$2,423

$813

34%

Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

$853

$1,495

$642

43%

Sacramento, CA

$898

$1474

$575

39%

San Diego, CA

$1,314

$1,981

$667

34%

San Francisco, CA

$2,327

$3,226

$899

28%

San Jose, CA

$1,819

$2,646

$827

31%

Ventura County, CA

$1,516

$2,274

$759

33%

Austin, TX

$938

$1,545

$607

39%

Dallas, TX

$812

$1,501

$689

46%

El Paso, TX

$719

$1,202

$483

40%

Fort Worth, TX

$716

$1,360

$644

47%

Houston, TX

$850

$1,726

$876

51%

San Antonio, TX

$809

$1,370

$562

41%

Jacksonville, FL

$642

$1,355

$713

53%

Miami, FL

$1,032

$2,003

$971

48%

Orlando, FL

$607

$1,345

$738

55%

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

$576

$1,133

$557

49%

Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL

$594

$1,393

$799

57%

West Palm Beach, FL

$723

$1,764

$1,041

59%

VA Loans Make Buying vs. Renting an Easy Decision

Affordable home prices, low mortgage rates (around 3.5% to date) and the benefits of VA loans, make buying vs. renting an easy choice for many VA-eligible borrowers. VA loan rates are typically in-line with the national average, but qualifying standards for VA loans can be more relaxed than conventional loans. More generous requirements for debt-to-income (DTI), residual income and credit scores as set by the VA (lenders guidelines may vary) all help make VA loans a solid mortgage option. The VA backing allows lenders to offer zero down purchase loans up to $417,000. And, VA borrowers never pay private mortgage insurance. 

If you've been contemplating trading your rent payment for a house payment, contact a dedicated VA lender today.

Table data courtesy of Trulia

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