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How to Invest in Stocks like a Pro   Let's face it -- most of us, mere mortals, consider investing ourselves in a stock market akin to playing Roulette in Las Vegas! If you have similar thoughts then you are not alone! According to Henry Blodget, one time super star Internet stock expert,... Read more

Why I still Invest in Apple   Let's face it -- most of us are Apple investors. If you deny, look at top ten holdings of any mutual fund that you own. Unlike old superstar stocks of the past -- Intel, Microsoft or Dell to name a few -- there is something unique about Apple. It has... Read more

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Is Tesla Still a Worthy Investment?   "Is Tesla still a worthy investment?," asked a friend of mine who read my article which I wrote back in June of last year. A lot has happened since then. Tesla stock has doubled in price and Elon's presence in the media is omnipresent. This guy is... Read more

Year 2013: My Favorite Personal Finance Articles It is hard to believe but, indeed, year 2013 is in the box. For stock investors, it was a banner year. Nasdaq finally climbed back to its old highs and other indices performed brilliantly as well. While pundits on the Street may have tried their best to... Read more

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Should You Rent or Buy?

Visualizing and sharing data has become increasingly important for any business seeking competitive advantage over its rivals.

It’s equally important for bloggers to use visual BI tools to share vital data with their readers, so that they can make smart financial decisions.

This is my humble effort to provide visualization for those who are fighting mental battle to decide if buying a home or renting the same home makes financial sense.

Rent vs Owning Your Home @ Jlcollinsnh

Is it Necessary to Buy a House? @ Work Save Live

How to Decide whether to Rent or Buy? @ Financial Samurai

The Smart Money Debate: Renting vs Buying @ Careful Cents

photo by: Phil Sexton
Data set: Zillow

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I knew Michigan would get nothing but green!

lol :)

love it! We should have rented when we lived in Indiana for 2 years….. we expected to stay longer:)

Agreed. In most cases, it makes sense to buy if you think that you are going to live in the area for 10+ years.

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I think it totally depends on what your plans are. If you know that you will be moving and don’t want to have to deal with selling a home then rent. But, if you will settle for some time then buy. You’ve got to deal with repairs, insurance, etc. but that goes along with home ownership.

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Right now I would say its a good time to buy renting is more expensive than owning.