With interest rates increasing, and mortgage payments likewise climbing, many prospective buyers are looking to the rental market as a more affordable housing option. But how much more affordable is it actually to rent rather than to buy?
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Zoocasa analyzed data for 27 markets across Canada and compared monthly rental prices and monthly mortgage payments for the average home in each in June. Additional costs for each were not considered, such as utilities or property taxes. Rental price numbers were sourced from Rentals.ca, while the monthly mortgage payments were calculated by assuming a 20% down payment and a mortgage rate of 5.04% amortized over 30 years on the average-priced home.
Less than $500 Difference in Monthly Mortgage vs. Rent in 11 Markets
Though no market is more affordable to buy in than rent, there are several markets where the rental and mortgage payments are similar, though these are all outside of Ontario and British Columbia. In Winnipeg the cost of renting and buying is nearly identical with the average monthly rent at $1,475 and the average monthly mortgage payment at $1,493 – a difference of just $18. Quebec City and Regina also have small gaps in rental and mortgage payments at differences of $54 and $148 respectively.
The least expensive rental payments and least expensive mortgage payments can both be found in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where monthly payments don’t exceed $1,700. Grande Prairie has the lowest monthly rent at $1,097, while Regina has the lowest monthly mortgage payment at $1,367 for a home at the average price of $318,700.
Kingston is the most affordable city in Ontario for both renting and buying a home; the average rental payment is $1,812 while the average monthly mortgage payment is $2,438 – a $626 difference in rental and mortgage payments. St. Catharines is the next most affordable Ontario city for renting and buying with an average monthly rent of $1,853 and an average monthly mortgage payment of $2,590.
The Gap Between Rent and Mortgage Payments Growing in Larger Markets
Now, in a span of less than four months, there are no longer any cities with mortgage payments more affordable than monthly rental payments and the gap is growing larger. In March, the difference in monthly rental and monthly mortgage payments in Toronto was $1,495. In June, the difference in payments in Toronto grew to $2,086.
However, the largest difference in payment is in Surrey, BC, where the average monthly rent is $2,202 and the average monthly mortgage payment is $4,841 – a $2,639 price difference. Burlington and Brampton have similarly large gaps in rental and mortgage payments as well. In Burlington, the average monthly rent is $2,395 while the average mortgage payment is $4,960, and in Brampton, the average monthly rent is $2,317 while the average mortgage payment is $4,777.
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