Renters in Tampa Bay paying higher percentage of their incomes for housing than homeowners

Rents in the Tampa Bay area are eating up a bigger chunk of personal income, making it harder for people to save for a down payment — at time when homes otherwise are affordable by historical standards.

A new study by Zillow found that bay area renters paid an average of 32.4 percent of their monthly income on rent in the three months ended in June. That was up from 26.8 percent in the years 1985-2000.

In the same quarter, homeowners spent just 14.6 percent of their income on mortgage payments, down from the historical average of 19 percent.

Nationally, too, rents are soaring while mortgages remain affordable.

“There are good reasons to rent temporarily — when you move to a new city, for example — but from an affordability perspective, rents are crazy right now,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist.

“Our research found that unaffordable rents are making it hard for people to save for a down payment and retirement, and that people whose rent is unaffordable are more likely to skip out on their own health care.”

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John William is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, and has spent his lifetime in sales and marketing. The fourth generation to join his family business, John William manages all luxury residential sales and transactions within the Tampa Bay and South Florida markets. A keen industry insider with a finger on the pulse of the area, He is an expert identifying high-return acquisition and development opportunities for hungry investors both large and small while simultaneously working with homeowners and homebuyers to buy and sell the home of their dreams… often times without the need of the MLS or a For Sale sign. He also oversees all digital and print marketing for the company, and handles all sales training for new and established agents alike. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Brookwood Florida, the oldest charity in Florida, and works to raise millions of dollars annually for local charities and museums.