In many areas in the nation, there are areas that are cheaper to buy a home then to rent. You now can find a home for $100,000 in New York and through out the country including Hawaii.
It may seem like some areas have not been affected by the economy but that is not true. The properties that sell really quickly are usually the cream of the neighborhood.
The Bay Area has been hit as well but not as bad as other areas. It will be a while before we get out of this mess.
- Buying Is Cheaper Than Renting (troyrecord.com)