Over the past three months, I've written a lot about buying and owning a home. Much of what I've written could be construed as anti-homeownership. Hear are some of the articles I've published recently:
- A brief history of U.S. homeownership.
- The high cost of homeownership.
- Does the American Dream require a big American home? (Spoiler alert: No.)
- Is your home a better investment than the stock market? (Spoiler alert: No.)
- Is it better to rent or to buy? (Spoiler alert: It depends.)
Last week, a GRS reader named Carmine left this comment:
I appreciate this and other recent posts on the perils and difficulties of home ownership, but they’re sort of piling up into a major downer as I read them!…Can’t you write something talking about the payoffs that home ownership can bring?
I can understand how Carmine might view all of this as a downer. And I can see how anyone might think I'm anti-homeownership. But here's the thing: I'm not. After all, I own my home, and I like it.
Today, let's take a look at some of the advantages of homeownership. [Read more…]