Comment of the Day

Reader: Buying a House in Denver Isn't as Good an Investment as You Think

The issue of current housing costs in the Denver area remains a hot one — and so, too, is the debate about renting versus buying.

We recently posted about a RealtyTrac survey showing that renting a three-bedroom property was more affordable than paying the mortgage on one in three of five metro-Denver counties.

Plenty of readers felt this finding was hooey. But one questioned the common wisdom that buying a house is a great investment.

Here's what he had to say.

David Thead writes: 
Your primary residence isn't considered an investment for tax, accounting, or financial purposes. It doesn't count towards your net worth as an investor either. It's also a bad one....

If you invested the money you saved every year from not overpaying for a home, and invested it index based funds then your money would appreciate much faster than it would in a home.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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