Tag: home ownership

Renting A Home Suddenly Looks Better Under Tax Reform

Renting A Home Suddenly Looks Better Under Tax Reform
As people are working on their tax returns I suspect the reality of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is starting to kick in – and I’m not talking about the withholding/ refund drivel that the media is obsessed with. The bigger issue is the $10,000 SALT (state and local tax) deduction limitation that... Read more »

Household Debt, Mortgage Standards, Homeownership, And Home Equity

Household Debt, Mortgage Standards, Homeownership, And Home Equity
The 4 topics listed in the headline don’t actually have that much of a connection to each other but they were all covered in a rather interesting presentation released by the New York Federal Reserve about a month ago: Home Prices, Housing Wealth and Home Equity Extraction. In that report they provided several charts showing the... Read more »

The One Compelling Argument For Home Ownership Tax Deductions

The One Compelling Argument For Home Ownership Tax Deductions
As you might imagine the various realtor organizations are apoplectic over the possibility that the government will take away handouts for homeownership – specifically the mortgage interest tax deduction for large mortgages and the deductions for state and local taxes, including property taxes. You can see what the NAR has to say about it here... Read more »
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Homeowner Wealth Accumulation: Don't Let The NAR Fool You With Data

Homeowner Wealth Accumulation: Don't Let The NAR Fool You With Data
The National Association of Realtors is at it again, trying to convince everyone that buying a home is the key to riches. Their economist, Lawrence Yun, wrote an article that appeared in the October 14 issue of Forbes Magazine in which he makes the case that homeownership allows homeowners to accumulate an additional $190,000 in... Read more »

Realtor Propaganda: Home Ownership Is The Key To Wealth

Realtor Propaganda: Home Ownership Is The Key To Wealth
The National Association Of Realtors is at it again. They’ve never seen a social or economic problem that buying a house couldn’t solve. They even have a full time chief economist, Lawrence Yun, whose job it is to regularly churn out statistics proving the benefits of home ownership or arguing for some kind of government... Read more »

Rent vs. Buy: Zillow's Housing Affordability Analysis Is Just Wrong

Rent vs. Buy: Zillow's Housing Affordability Analysis Is Just Wrong
It seems that with some regularity we get a story from some real estate information provider about how buying a home totally trumps renting a home. The last time I debunked one of these stories was a couple of years ago: The Math of Renting vs. Buying a home in Chicago. Now Zillow has come... Read more »
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4 Really Crazy Homeowner Tax Laws

4 Really Crazy Homeowner Tax Laws
We all know just how crazy the tax laws are in this country. The CCH version of the income tax regulations runs 14,144 pages but that’s what happens when you commandeer a revenue generating process for social engineering. And it turns out that the country’s housing policies contribute to the problems with some really crazy... Read more »

How To Appeal Your Cook County Property Taxes - The Basics

How To Appeal Your Cook County Property Taxes - The Basics
You probably just got your first half Cook County property tax bill for 2013 and it’s gotten you to start thinking about how high your property taxes are and how you need to appeal them. Now is actually the right time to start thinking about that because more than anything else you need to be... Read more »

How The Housing Bubble Affected Renting Vs. Buying

How The Housing Bubble Affected Renting Vs. Buying
The other day someone on Cribchatter pointed to a Business Insider article of a few weeks ago that featured an analysis produced by JP Morgan Asset Management in which they compared monthly rent to monthly mortgage payments over time. The results of that analysis were summarized in the graph below, highlighted in that article. In... Read more »
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How Much Can You Really Save On Your Electric Bill?

A few months ago another ChicagoNow blog (sorry, I can’t remember which one) alerted me to the Power2Switch Web site that allows Chicago area consumers to shop around for the lowest cost electricity providers. This Web site shows you a few alternatives to Commonwealth Edison and the associated savings, which they claim will be about... Read more »