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Subject:  Re: Home Ownership not a good investment Date:  4/29/2014  2:46 PM
Author:  ptheland Number:  74898 of 78168

When I moved to Houston in 1981,

I'll see your 1981 Houston and raise you a 1974 Huntington Beach. Modest 3 bed, 2 bath house in a non-descript tract cost about $40k. With a 30 year loan at 6%, the monthly payments would have been around $240. Add taxes, insurance and maintenance, and you're probably near that $400 a month apartment rent.

So over the next 33 years you can make the same investments as the Houston renter.

30 years later, the mortgage cost drops to zero, although the taxes, insurance and maintenance have probably increased to perhaps something about that $675 a month for the Houston apartment.

So monthly outflow is about the same for housing.

While oil engineering jobs are scarce in Orange County, there were a lot of aerospace engineering jobs available over that time frame. Those engineering salaries also saw something close to a 4 times increase. So over time, the cash available for investing was about the same and the accumulated investments would therefor