Rent Vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice  (Chronicle Books, March 2012):

Buying a home can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure if owning  is even the right choice for you. In this first-ever guide to objectively weighing your options, expert finance and real estate reporter Jane Hodges steers you through the conflicting advice you hear from realtors, well-intentioned friends and family, and financial advisors. She then debates pros and cons of each aspect of renting and owning.

You’ll find dozens of success stories and cautionary tales from real-life renters and owners that show how one person’s perfect real estate timing might have been another’s disastrous debt trap, and how you can avoid pitfalls with some thoughtful planning.

Whether you ultimately decide to rent or buy, this indispensible guide gives you the tools to make the best choice for you—for your budget, your market, your emotional needs, and your future.

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