6. Ownership Costs are Dropping Below Rental Costs!

The recent downturn in the housing market resulted in a drop in rental rates, but rents are
back on the rise while the cost of home ownership has dropped.

As the chart below indicates, as average apartment rental rates have slightly decreased, the
decline has been moderate in comparison to home values, which have declined nationwide
by 30 to 40 percent since the peak of the housing boom.

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