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Saturday, March 14 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Rent vs Buy: Everything You Must Know

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It’s time to move out of your parents’ basement. But seriously, how much house can you actually afford – and is renting really “throwing your money away?”
Trulia’s Housing Economist Ralph McLaughlin will demystify the economics of house hunting. Even if you're not looking for a new place right now, this talk will reveal truths about cities, neighborhoods, and real estate that are second-nature to economists, but sound foreign to everyone else. You'll walk away with a better understanding of why prices and rents are soaring (psst…you can't just blame the tech industry), and realize that:
You can't have it all. There are tradeoffs. No one city, neighborhood, or home has everything you want.
You'll need to answer some tough questions honestly: Are you a saver? Can you stand commuting? How safe is your job?
You must do some math. No way around it – sooner or later, you'll need to figure out what you can afford and whether renting or buying makes more sense.

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Jed Kolko

Chief Economist & VP of Analytics, Trulia
Jed Kolko, Chief Economist and VP of Analytics, oversees Trulia's research programs. Applying a background in economic development and research methods, he transforms real estate data, economic trends, and public policy debate into digestible insights for home buyers, sellers and... Read More →
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Ralph Mclaughlin

Housing Economist, Trulia
Ralph McLaughlin is Trulia's Housing Economist, and conducts research on housing market trends and real estate search patterns. His educational credentials include a B.S. in Regional Development from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design from the University... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

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