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Study: Homeownership makes more financial sense in some cities

The cost of homeownership in Miami is relatively low.

The cost of homeownership in Miami is relatively low.

In the current real estate market, moving families often face the difficult decision of whether to rent or buy their next home. While each situation is different, a new study by Trulia finds that the financial factors may hinge where the relocation will take them.

The real estate site compared the total costs of renting and buying in each of the 50 largest cities in the country - including mortgage rates, taxes, insurance and other costs - to determine how many years' of renting costs it would take to purchase a home.

Arlington, Texas came in as the most affordable city in the country to purchase a home, with a price-to-rent ratio of just seven to one, meaning that for seven years' average rent, a resident there could buy a home for the same amount of money. Fresno, California and Miami, Florida also ranked as very affordable housing markets.

On the other hand, even with record-low mortgage rates, renting makes much more sense for those moving to New York City, as buying a home is 35 times more expensive than renting. Seattle, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas also had relatively expensive home prices.

Low interest rates and home prices have made the current market very affordable for homeowners. Late last month, the National Association of Realtors said that its Housing Affordability Index for August had reached its highest point since March.