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The Homeownership Ball and Chain

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Will the debate between homeownership and renting ever end? Short answer: no. But let's pick a side and argue for it anyway. In today's Chron, a profile of an Alameda couple says happiness is not having to pay a mortgage. "They both argue that home-ownership is falsely assumed to be a rite of passage in our culture and one that, at different points in their lives, they'd bought into without fully examining." Asked if his failed experiment in homeownership was worth it, the guy says: "Worth it? God no. It's like asking a prisoner if the years in jail were worth it because he got a free suit and bus fare afterward." [SFGate]