MONEY: Your Home Is Not An Investment

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/your-home-is-not-an-investment.html

Your Home Is Not An Investment
from Bargaineering.com by Jim

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There are many benefits to owning a home and I’m a huge fan of it, but don’t justify buying a home by thinking its home is an investment. It’s not.

It is, however, a place to live, a place to make your own, and a place to make yours. It’s a place to put down roots, a place to raise a family, and a place to grow old in. It’s a place to call your own, it’s just not an investment. It’s a home.

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Had this discussion a few weeks ago with an OLDER friend and his family. Couldn’t seem to break thru that “rent” was not “lost”. Sigh.

It’s only an investment if you get rent for it.

Frau is enamored with HGTV and all the renovation, vacation, and first time. (I don’t understand how they can ignore labor cost in the renovations. I don’t understand buying an international vacation home for several 100K$; how many times can you go there? I don’t understand first time buyers who exceed their budget consistently.)

It’s only a legacy.

It’s not an ATM like how people were refinancing to get cash out.

Everything is great when the market is going up; down, not so good.

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RANT: Look at government health care survival rates!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Breast cancer survival rate is twice England; prostate cancer survival rate is similarly higher.

No gooferment health care!

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RANT: Lemonade sellers to jail!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

http://www.nypost.com/seven/08162009/news/regionalnews/sweet_lemonade_kid_lapped_184770.htm

SWEET LEMONADE KID $LAPPED
BITTER AGENTS WRITE $50 TICKET
By FRANK ROSARIO and TIM PERONE
JUST FINE! Clementine Lee holds the ticket that agents handed her and her dad. Parks boss Adrian Benepe voided it.

Last updated: 4:13 am
August 16, 2009
Posted: 2:13 am

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Three sourpuss Parks Department agents put the squeeze on a 10-year-old girl in Riverside Park yesterday, slapping the tyke with a $50 ticket for hawking lemonade without a permit.

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Sorry, but where did the bureaucrat get off “voiding” the ticket? And, what about Federal charges for practicing chemistry without a license.

The City (an imaginary entity) needs the fifty bucks.

Yeah, it’s absurd. But then, gooferment is absurd.

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