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Is Renting Cheaper Than Buying?

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Is Renting Cheaper Than Buying?

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A sample of cities in America and the U.K. shows that in many cases, renting is cheaper than buying because house prices have risen so sharply. Corbis hide caption

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Michele Norris talks with Pam Woodall, economics editor of the Economist magazine, about the housing market. The magazine conducted a survey of costs associated with renting and buying in the U.S. and in the U.K., and argues that in some cases, home ownership does not trump renting.