Renting May Beat Buying

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Renting May Beat Buying

In this market, buying a home isn't always the best financial move to make.

Some traditional rules of personal finance need to be tweaked to mesh with these tough times, according to the September issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, which hits newsstands August 10. Among Kiplinger's 12 new rules for your money, we suggest that renting may beat buying a home. Buying wins when home prices are rising -- and that's not the case in many places.

Here are several resources to help you decide which option is best for you now:

1. Start by crunching the numbers with our tool to see if you'll be better off renting or buying.

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2. Consider whether home prices in your area will fall further. You don't want to buy a home now if it will fall in value and you'll owe more on your mortgage than the house is worth. See Should You Buy or Rent? for tips on figuring out whether your market still is in the bubble zone.

3. See cities where home prices have held up best and cities where home prices have fallen most to get an idea of whether buying a home where you are makes sense.