Zillow: In which U.S. markets does it 'pay to rent'?

Where do buyers have the longest wait times before feeling the financial benefits of homeownership?

In March, the California Association of Realtors hosted a panel — “The California Series: State of the State” — revealing that overly strict building codes, an aversion to affordable housing in affluent neighborhoods, and, most of all, exorbitant cost of living is pushing California toward becoming a majority renter state. Zillow’s latest “Breakeven Horizon” study, which shows that half of the eight major markets where it “pays to rent” are in California, backs up this assertion.