one thing leads to another

One Things Leads To Another

Even if you are not a child of the eighties, you at least know the expression: one things leads to another. Here’s what you probably don’t know: it is true in matters of money, too. As we conclude the series on looking at buying your home as an investment and contemplate the next exciting adventure […]

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timing is everything

Timing Is Everything, Part 2

Timing is everything when you buy your first home, as we saw last week. If you already own the home you live in, you might be tempted to yawn, close the post and go looking for popcorn. Don’t. Millions of people who already own homes are making a terrible mistake today, as we speak. I […]

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timing is everything

Timing Is Everything (Part 1)

Timing is everything — you’ve no doubt heard that a time or two. It is especially true when you buy your home, and in two different ways: Your entry point, i.e. when you buy your first home When and how you trade up or down, should the need arise. This week we’ll talk about the […]

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transaction cost

Transaction Cost And Your Home As Investment

Two weeks ago I promised to introduce you to my good neighbor, Jim. When we bought the house we’re living in now (hey, I like to practice what I preach, what can I say?) we discovered the back fence has a gate leading to the two neighbors behind us. And it didn’t take long for […]

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taxes

Taxes: not what you think

The past two weeks you read about how leverage and inflation turns what is otherwise a pretty ordinary investment (your home) into a pretty good one. When you fire up your trusty search engine and scour the internet for wisdom about your home as an investment, you are likely to encounter another argument in favor […]

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inflation

Inflation: The Deciding Factor

Last week you saw how pivotal (no pun intended) leverage is to the success of your investment in your home. Today we look at the second major factor: inflation. Everyone loves inflation, no matter what they say. The main reason? Inflation makes you feel richer. It usually increases your income, but most importantly, it pushes up the […]

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investing in your home

Investing In Your Home: The Critical Factor

Last week we began looking at the rent vs buy question in our series on investing in your home. We read about the price-rent ratio, and when it’s below something in the 200-300 range buying looks more attractive. Today we’re going to see if we can narrow it down to something you can use for […]

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