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Looking to buy a house in Florida? You might want to consider Collier and Lee counties, according to a recent survey.
Collier County ranked seventh among the best places to own a home in Florida versus renting, while Lee County came in 15th.
The question to buy or rent a home is the first hurdle for those looking to make a financially smart move.
Both options have their pros and cons, but a recent study by SmartAsset, a financial technology company, gathered data on average rents and home prices and compared buying to renting in every county in America to help those seeking to make a wise decision when moving.
SmartAsset’s study shows Collier’s average home price at $450,694. That translates to an average monthly mortgage cost of $1,712 for principal and interest. The average rent in Collier is $1,737, potentially making buying a wiser investment.
“This study looks at the time it takes for buying to become more cost-effective than renting,” said AJ Smith, vice president of Financial Education at SmartAsset. “So when the difference between the cost of buying and renting shrinks, the break-even year for a given county will drop as well. This helped Collier County rise in the rankings.”
In first place was DeSoto County, with an average home price of $131,112 and an average mortgage cost of $498 — almost a third of what it would cost to live in Collier, according to the study. The average monthly rent was $1,061.
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The study compared the total costs of buying and renting a typical home or rental in each county, for a household earning $100,000 a year, according to the SmartAsset website.
For the “buy” scenario, SmartAsset made the following assumptions: a mortgage rate of 4.5 percent, closing costs of $2,000 and a down payment of 20 percent.
For each county, SmartAsset calculated the break-even point in the buy versus rent decision — the point at which the total costs of renting become greater than the total costs of buying.
For those buying in Collier, the study estimated a break-even point occurring 18 months after purchasing a home.
Of the top 10 best places to own a home in Florida, Collier was the priciest, doubling and tripling the costs of other counties.
This is the first time Collier made the top 10 list for this study. The study had been done since 2015.
Best places to own a home in Florida:
County Avg. Mth. Mrtg. Avg. Mth. Rent Avg. Home Price Rent vs. Buy Ind.
1. DeSoto $498 $1,061 $131,112 98.4
2. Okeechobee $469 $1,089 $141,259 98.4
3. Bradford $469 $986 $123,586 98.1
4. Washington $505 $975 $132,980 98.1
5. Jackson $525 $936 $138,300 97.7
6. Hendry $432 $1,116 $113,858 97.4
7. Collier $1,712 $1,737 $450,694 97.2
8. Gadsden $782 $1,357 $127,913 95.8
9. Hardee $486 $1,047 $127,913 95.6
10. Duval $772 $1,336 $203,316 95.5
TripAdvisor has released rankings of the “20 Best Places to Vacation in Florida” focusing on rental home vacation properties and Naples and Marco Island made the powerhouse list ahead of major cities like Orlando and Miami.
The 20 destinations featured are among the highest rated cities in Florida based on rental reviews on the website. To qualify the cities needed to have at least 1,000 traveler reviews and a minimum of 50 bookable vacation rental properties.
The award notes Naples has “lots to do,” highlighting shopping opportunities, the Naples Princess and Collier-Seminole State Park. Marco Island is praised for its “tropical climates and good times” and history, with the accolade mentioning Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and the Marco Island Historical Museum.
“As travel trends continue to show visitors crave authentic, engaging experiences, we know we can provide that to them here in Florida’s Paradise Coast,” said Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. “There’s nowhere else in Florida that can provide our level of quality beaches paired with outdoor wilderness experiences in the Everglades as well as a vibrant dining scene, high-end shopping and world-class arts and culture. Choosing one of our many vacation rental properties lets families and groups of friends feel at home and experience the area like locals.”
The full article on “20 Places to Vacation in Florida – Where to Stay in the Sunshine State can be found at TripAdvisor Rentals.
This accolade adds to a list of recent recognitions. In 2016 and 2017, Naples/Marco Island was also:
- Ranked #1 “Happiest-Healthiest City” by Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index
- Ranked #11 “Happiest City in the U.S.” by National Geographic
- Named the “Best Beach Town to Live In” by WalletHub
- Ranked in the top 10 “Best Adventure Travel Destination in the United States” by U.S. Tourism Quality Index
- Ranked 3rd in “America’s Favorite Beach Towns” by Travel + Leisure
- Ranked 8th “Best Big City” in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler
- Awarded a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award by ConventionSouth
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