Rent vs Own: It’s still cheaper to own a home each month than to rent, comparing monthly PITI payment for a mortgage vs average rental cost for a 2,000 square foot home.  In 2017, due to rising rents and still-low interest rates, it remainedless expensive to own than rent in most price and size categories.  Sales prices and rental prices have been rising together and creating pricing floors for each other for several years, indicative of a stable market that we should enjoy in 2018.