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Rent vs. Own

Rent vs. Own

A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice

By Jane Hodges


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Finally, a real estate reality check that cuts through all the biased rhetoric to answer the conundrum on everyone’s mind: Should I buy now or keep renting? The magnitude of the housing crash and constantly conflicting reporting have left prospective buyers hungry for a well-researched reference guide. Enter Rent vs. Own, the first real estate advice book not to assume buying is always best. Expert finance and real estate reporter Jane Hodges explains how the housing market works and breaks down all the pros and cons of buying and renting. With dozens of success stories and cautionary tales from real-life renters and owners all over the country, this indispensable decision-making manual gives confused consumers the tools to make the best choice for their budget, market, emotional needs, and future.

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Size: 6 x 8 in;
Pages: 272 pp;
Format: Paperback
Publication: March 2012
ISBN: 9781452102535
ISBN10: 1452102538
Jane Hodges has written extensively on residential and investment real estate for The Wall Street Journal,, AOL Real Estate, The Seattle Times, and more. After living in eight rentals, she's now a homeowner twice-over and currently lives in a 1966 raised rancher in Seattle.

"If you’re struggling with the big rent versus buy question, this book is for you. Even the most dedicated HGTV-addict will discover tips they’ve never considered before. Before you visit one more open house or write one more rent check, read this book! -Kimberly Palmer, personal finance columnist for US News & World Report, author of Generation Earn

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