Transcribed Image Text: Julie’s Rent-or-Buy Decision Julie Brown is in her late 20s. She is renting an apartment in the fashionable part of town for $1,200 a month. After much

Transcribed Image Text: Julie’s Rent-or-Buy Decision
Julie Brown is in her late 20s. She is renting an apartment in the fashionable part of town for $1,200 a month. After much thought,
she’s seriously considering buying a condominium for $175,000. She intends to put 20 percent down and expects that closing costs
will amount to another $5,000; a commercial bank has agreed to lend her money at the fixed rate of 6 percent on a 15-year
mortgage. Julie would have to pay an annual condominium owner’s insurance premium of $600 and property taxes of $1,200 a year
(she’s now paying renter’s insurance of $550 per year). In addition, she estimates that annual maintenance expenses will be about
0.5 percent of the price of the condo (which includes a $30 monthly fee to the property owners’ association). Julie’s income puts her
in the 25 percent tax bracket (she itemizes her deductions on her tax returns), and she earns an after-tax rate of return on her
investments
of around 4 percent.
Critical Thinking Questions
1. Given the information provided, use Worksheet 5.2 to evaluate and compare Julie’s alternatives of remaining in the
apartment or purchasing the condo.
2. Working with a friend who is a realtor, Julie has learned that condos like the one that she’s thinking of buying are appreciating
in value at the rate of 3.5 percent a year and are expected to continue doing so. Would such information affect the rent-or-
buy decision made in Question 1? Explain.
3. Discuss any other factors that should be considered when making a rent-or-buy decision.
4. Which alternative would you recommend for Julie in light of your analysis?

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