New & Improved Affordability Calculator

You may recall the javascript-powered affordability calculator I put up here a few years ago. Well, Ross—an intrepid reader and Tableau wizard (and Tableau employee)—decided to take my simple calculator and crank it up a few notches. Behold the new and improved affordability calculator: Affordability Calculator Can you afford the home that you want? Powered […]

Simple Affordability Calculator

I’m in Texas for the weekend with limited access to the internet, so unfortunately I was unable to write a substantive post today. However, I did have some time on the airplane to create a javascript version of the basic affordability calculator I developed in Excel a few weeks ago. Given that home prices are […]

Pricing Calculator for Today’s Market

Last night I was tossing around the idea of a calculator that determines a realistic value of a house in today’s market, based on what year it was purchased and how much was paid. This morning I spent some time with javascript, and the result is below. I welcome any feedback. Keep in mind that […] – Free FSBO Listings

Just a short post during this holiday week to give a little nod to some neighbors to our south down in Portland. If you’re one of the many people out there these days trying to sell your home, or if—against the better advice of this blog—you’re in the market to buy a home; I recommend […]

Rent vs Purchase: A Comparison

Also posted at Priced Out Forever. Buy If You Must. Why Must You Buy? by guest poster Eleua (with contributions and spreadsheets by Tim) Click here to download the Excel Spreadsheet that the numbers below are based on. I need to take a step back and insert a personal note. While I disagree with the […]


Rent vs Purchase: Help Me Compare Costs

A few days ago, Rhonda over at RCG made a post titled The Great Rent vs. Own Debate in which she attempted to prove that even in today’s totally out-of-whack housing market, purchasing a home is still a better financial decision than renting. Obviously I disagree with her assessment. The main problem I have with […]


HouseMath 2.0 – Lending Woes – News

I’ve received a few e-mails over the past holiday season, some asking if I disappeared. Yes, I read this and many other Blogs every week. I’m not hibernating. So here’s what’s up: When people decide it’s time to buy in the market this is a cool tool to use. May I introduce the HouseMath 2.0 […]