Is it better to buy or rent? Whether renting is better than buying depends on many factors. NAR members help their clients answer this question with statistics and studies on home owners and renters as well as financing options and tips. 


We've already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

Statistics & Studies on the Buy vs. Rent Decision

Final FY 2017 Fair Market Rent Documentation System (HUD User, 2017)

Renting vs. Buying a House-How to Make a Decision, Pros & Cons (Money Crashers, June 14, 2016)

Final FY 2016 Fair Market Rent Documentation System (HUD User, 2016)

17 Housing Markets Where It’s Smarter to Buy Than Rent (Business Insider, Dec. 29, 2015)

Accelerating Housing Costs Has Renters Feeling the Squeeze (National Association of REALTORS®, 2015)

Consumer Information, Tips & Resources

How to Find (or Create) a Rent-to-Own Home (realtor.com®, 2017)

Rent Your Home or Buy? Here's How to Decide (WiseBread, Nov. 22, 2016)

What Are the Risks? (Freddie Mac, 2010)

Rental Help in Your State (HUD.gov)

Common Questions From First-time Homebuyers (HUD.gov)

Information for REALTORS®

Tired of Renting? Why Not Buy the Home You Already Live In? The Obamas Did (Washington Post, Jul.17, 2017)

Renting to Own (realtor.com®, 2014)

Why Rent When You Can Buy (REALTOR® Store product, #186-90)

Resources for Real Estate Professionals (Freddie Mac)

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Investing In Rent-To- Own (Kindle, eBook)

The Just Right Home (Kindle, eBook)

Rent vs Own (Kindle, eBook)

Buying a Home When You're Single (eBook)

Buying Real Estate Without Cash or Credit (Kindle, eBook)

Home Buyer's Checklist: Everything You Need to Know -- but Forget to Ask -- Before You Buy a Home (eBook)

Home Buying for Dummies® (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

8 Steps to Buying a Home: A Buyer's Guide to Finding a Home in Today's Market (Minneapolis: David Knox, 2003) DVD005

The Everything Homebuying Book (Avon, MA: Adams Media Corp., 2003) HD 1341 W38e

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Buying a House (Roseville, CA: Primus Publishing, 2002) HD 1341 Or2

House Hunting: The Take-Along Workbook for Home Buyers (Vancouver, BC: Raincoast Books, 2002) HD 1341 H99h

Home Buying for Dummies (New York, NY, Wiley Publishing, 2001) HD 1341 T98

The Economic Benefits and Costs of Homeownership (Washington, DC: Research Institute for Housing America, 2001) HD 7293 R23e

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