Buying beats renting in 98 of 100 metros

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Due to nationwide price declines and rising rents, buying a home is now cheaper than renting one in 98 of the nation’s 100 major metropolitan areas, according to a rent vs. buy index from real estate search and marketing site Trulia.

In the two remaining metros, San Francisco and Honolulu, renting often beat buying, but buying could be a better deal for those who plan to stay in their home for at least five years and take advantage of the mortgage interest tax deduction, Trulia said.