Why ‘Rent vs. Buy’ Is the Wrong Question

The equation for owning a home or renting isn’t as straightforward as it may first appear. The deciding factor for you could come down to something other than money.

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In the world of personal finance, there are a handful of disputes that may never get resolved. There’s the question of whether credit cards are dangerous, or whether they’re valuable tools we can all benefit from. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve also read countless stories on whether it makes sense to pay off your mortgage early, invest instead, or diversify and try to do some of both.

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Taylor Schulte, CFP
Founder and CEO, Define Financial

Taylor Schulte, CFP®, is founder and CEO of Define Financial, a fee-only wealth management firm in San Diego. In addition, Schulte hosts The Stay Wealthy Retirement Podcast, teaching people how to reduce taxes, invest smarter, and make work optional. He has been recognized as a top 40 Under 40 adviser by InvestmentNews and one of the top 100 most influential advisers by Investopedia.