Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Panel Discussion: Should You Rent or Buy?

Great Hall; enter on 8th Avenue. $5.

Civics

So you’re looking for a new place, and everyone’s got an opinion—but these experts offer objective tools to help make the best choice for you. Moderated by KUOW's Ross Reynolds, this distinguished panel features finance and real-estate reporter Jane Hodges (author of Rent Vs. Own); Jon Talton (The Seattle Times’ business columnist); Christopher Bitter (of the UW's Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies), and Svenja Maarit Gudell (Zillow senior economist). The conversation can illuminate your path through the conflicting advice of real estate agents, well-intentioned friends and family, and financial advisors; debate the pros and cons of renting and owning in this volatile market; and explain how to avoid pitfalls through thoughtful planning. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life and University Book Store. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.

Tickets are $5 at Brown Paper Tickets or 800/838-3006, and at the door beginning at 5:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating.

LEARN MORE:

Rentvsown.net

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  1. Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Peruading the public they are “better off renting” is just another way of disempowering the 99%. The American Dream is being rewritten by people who can afford to buy houses in bulk and then charge renters whatever they desire. Renters never have security. They don't feel the pride and joy of ownership and autonomy. Two of my close friends who are renting have recently been given notice (essentially tossed out on their ears) because the landlord (one of them pretty much a slum-lord) has decided to raise the rent. Not a small raise but a huge leap, one $500 more a month the other $750 more a month. Really? Isn't renting grand. Your landlord calls the shots not you. I think we need to loosen up the lending and let Americans dream again. We derserve to own our homes. I, for one, am not interested in being relegated further into the peasantry.

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