dogbo wrote:True, but now you've added variables that do play a part in the decision making processes. Originally you said point blank that "it will no longer make sense". That is what I was questioning because I don't believe that is a fair statement for everyone.
Also, the amount of interest vs. principle you pay in the early years isn't a constant either. It all depends on the term of the loan (e.g 15 vs 30yr), the interest rate, and how much a person puts down as a down payment ,etc. For example, not everyone moving into downtown condos is a first-time home buyer. Many come into the purchase after having sold a property they previously lived and thus have some equity that has turned into a sizable down payment. They may be buying a $295,000 condo, but they bring $100,000 towards the purchased due to the equity the got out of their prior residence. This may make their monthly payment very competative with rental prices and if they plan to live there for a reasonable period of time, it would seem that buying would be the better financial decision.
But the renter doesn't have to put down $100,000 either.
All I was trying to say, which I did poorly I guess, is that if you can rent a place for less than buying more people are going to rent. They may fill the building up, but I would be willing to bet it will be with very few buyers.
There's more than 10 years worth of supply on the market downtown right now, so from a developer stand point leasing make a lot of sense. It just sucks for the people that have already bought that's all.