If you buy a house now, let's say it costs you $800. mo.
If you rent an apt. let's assume it costs the same. (normally the same priced apt. will be much smaller but this is a simple example)
Fast forward 20 years... Your house pmt... $800
Your rent, same apt... $1600 (maybe more maybe less)
Equity in home after 20 years on a 30 year note... $30,000 conservative guess
Equity in apt. after 20 years... 0
Many advantages to owning. Few advantages to renting.
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