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Owning a property beats renting in 9 out of 10 towns

Owning one of these properties and servicing an interest-only mortgage at a conservative 5% per annum would cost £581 per month, making renting 13% more expensive and leaving buyers nearly £1,000 per year better off.

Places where buying beats renting by the biggest margin include York, Milton Keynes and Derby. At the other end of the spectrum and bucking the overall trend of buying being better, renting remains the cheaper option in Bournemouth, Swansea and Oldham.
In London, renting is even more expensive than buying compared to the rest of the country, with average rents running 17% higher on average than servicing a mortgage. With current asking prices for two bedroom flats in the capital at £483,069 and the average rent on an equivalent property at £2,362 per month, owners in London are £4,200 per year better off than renters.
Lawrence Hall of Zoopla.co.uk, said: “Whilst buying is clearly the better option than renting at the moment based on our research, the difficulty in saving for a deposit and the tight lending conditions are preventing huge swathes of would-be buyers from taking advantage of the current lower cost of owning a home. And with more potential buyers being forced into the rental market, rents are rising based on the higher demand.”

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  1. The cost of home ownership is cheaper than renting in 84%, that is 42 of the top 50 towns and cities in Britain, according to new research. This figure is up on one year ago when it was cheaper to service a mortgage rather than pay rent in 80% of towns across the country

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