Buying a home can be a great long-term investment, but did you know it can also have immediate benefits?

RealtyTrac’s Buy-or-Rent report found that making monthly house payments on a three-bedroom property is more affordable than paying fair market rent on a three-bedroom home in 188 of the 285 counties analyzed (66%).

The Buy-or-Rent analysis compared the percentage of median household income that would be needed to pay the fair market rent on a three-bedroom property in that particular county to the percentage of median household income that would be needed to make monthly house payments — including mortgage, insurance and property taxes — on an average-priced home in that same county.

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Across all 285 counties analyzed, the average percentage of median household income needed to rent was 30% while the average percentage of median household income needed to buy was 29%.

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Major counties where it is still cheaper to buy than to rent include Miami-Dade County, Florida (42% of income to buy), San Bernardino County, California in Inland Southern California (36%), Clark County, Nevada in the Las Vegas metro area (27%), Broward County, Florida in South Florida (35%), and Wayne County, Michigan in the Detroit metro area (23%).

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(Source: RealtyTrac)