(Renters) Are You Better Off Than Four Years Ago?

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In terms of politics, we hear the "four years ago" question a lot these days.  I'm not sure if trading the 2008 brink of economic collapse for a 2012 modestly high unemployment rate is better or worse.  That's something for you and the hate commercials coming soon to a TV channel near you to evaluate.

For you folks who were renters in 2008, and are still renting, how are things going for you?  Has your rent payment gone down?  Is your landlord kinder and gentler than four years ago?  Have you paid enough taxes without the help of a couple more deductions?  Do all your walls still match the color of vanilla pudding?  Is your dog still only imaginary?  Do you really love your neighbor -- you know, the one on the other side of the wall?

Time goes by rapidly, and it may be a good idea to measure the progress you've made in lifestyle status in the last several years.  Why not start today with plans for a better 2013?  Get out of that rut and vote for a better future for you and your family.  Call me to arrange a no-cost, no-obligation home buying feasibility evaluation.  If you're thinking about a life style improvement in the next twelve months, it's time to start the engine.

Posted by

 Mike Carlier  Lakeville, MN





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Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Hi Mike, We are seeing renters now move into home ownership again.

Sep 04, 2012 08:57 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Renters and everyone else need to take a DEEP look into themselves honestly to answer the better off question.   How does a person describe being better off between renting and owning a home that is under water.

To me, the owning is still better as the value is going to goup and is already.  Renting, you are jsut throwing away the money

Sep 04, 2012 03:11 PM #2
Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

If you're underwater in a home you like and can afford, the underwater part does not affect lifestyle.  That's why it's so important to buy carefully and only buy a home you feel you'll be able to enjoy for a long time if necessary.  My "starter home" lasted 27 years with no regrets.  Many underwater homeowners who didn't buy for possible long term occupancy are suffering from past poor decisions. 


Sep 05, 2012 09:37 AM #3
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