Showing posts from September, 2017

Still haven't bought a house...

OK, so I'm still here busy squirrelling away more than 30% of my take-home pay and using a low-cost global index tracker (this is a change to previous posts, where I preferred separate regional indices, but the principle is the same) and a low-cost broker.

I've been looking at houses and calculating how much I would save by buying rather than renting. It turns out that it would roughly halve my costs (i.e. 100% of my rental payments are currently "wasted", whereas about 50% of the monthly costs of ownership would be "wasted" - i.e. interest repayment, property tax, property maintenance etc. using typical figures and current interest rates.)

Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

The thing that makes me worried, a little like the picture of this blog post, is that last point.

Interest rates.

I know that we're not living in a "normal" interest rate environment right now, but I have ~25 years to pay off a mortgage. It's very likely (guaranteed?) th…