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Forum: FIRE and Money 08-22-2007, 04:59 PM
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Slowdowns start at the top and percolate...

Slowdowns start at the top and percolate downward, whereas hot markets start at the bottom. In the previous bubbles, the decline has taken several years. So be careful not to jump too soon.

Of...
Forum: FIRE and Money 08-22-2007, 12:23 PM
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Posted By kcowan
One other thing about the past is prologue...

One other thing about the past is prologue assumption is that wages have been driven up by productivity growth from the industrial revolution. Regression to the mean will be driven by affordablity.
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Forum: FIRE and Money 08-21-2007, 12:27 PM
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Posted By kcowan
We have rented our penthouse for 10 years after...

We have rented our penthouse for 10 years after an exhaustive search for a suitable purchase. During that time, the property has appreciated to $2.1 million but is only costing $40k/yr so renting is...
Forum: FIRE and Money 08-20-2007, 11:27 AM
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Posted By kcowan
Purchasing a home is a lifestyle expense. If you...

Purchasing a home is a lifestyle expense. If you need to compare it to investment returns, then you should be renting. It provides:
1) Forced saving - the actual costs including maintenance and...
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