Turtle Creek Gardens’ peaceful pool

Homeownership is the most consistent way to build up the nest egg you’ll need in retirement. People who downsize their homes are cashing out equity built up over a lifetime (and telling the kids they’re on their own). Sure, there are many reports that claim folks who rent in some areas make out better. But they’re always predicated on the renter investing the difference between the rent and the mortgage/taxes – which almost no one does. Instead, flush renters eat out more, buy more shoes (or in my case, shirts) or wend their way around the world collecting selfies.

The increased incidence of renters is troubling in many countries. When I spoke to HGTV presenter Richard Blanco in London recently, he agreed it would have an impact on tenants later in life. While student loans are an issue here, the issue both countries shared was a desire by younger people to live a catered life (as they did with mom and dad) where they farmed out the reality of living.

For those smart enough to embrace property ownership, the down payment is often a stumbling block for younger buyers. So without living in your Star Wars-decorated childhood bedroom, how does a potential homebuyer save? Especially when Uptown digs can scrape $3 per square foot per month?

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an FHA loan and a conventional loan? There’s no better person to ask than our most-trusted mortgage adviser, Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage). Frequently asked questions usually center on how the loan type affects appraisals, down payments, and debt-to-income ratios. How does it affect mortgage insurance, and all of the little hurdles that make up a very complex transaction?

Find out today in the 28th episode of the BobMortgage Zone from the senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk

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