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Renting vs Owning a Home is a Lifestyle Choice

Typically, when one hears the words “the American dream,” one of the images it conjures is of owning a home, maybe with a white picket fence on a tree-lined street. Conversely, the idea of renting a home may not fit in with that dream, especially if you’re used to owning in the past. But sometimes it makes sense to rent, depending on your circumstances.

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Let’s say you’re 50 years-old and you have an extra $900 a month to work with. Should you use that money to pay down your mortgage or contribute it to your 401(k)? Assume you just refinanced your mortgage for $450,000 over 15 years at 3.5 percent interest— so you’re paying $3,217 a month. Also, assume you have $500,000 in your 401(k) account and you’re putting away $10,000 annually, which is growing at 7 percent.

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A client recently asked if we could do a post about a financial challenge they were having, thinking it might be helpful for others who read this blog.

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