Renters Win, Home Owners Lose (Book Review)

Author: Tom Graneau

Early this Summer, I was asked to read Renters Win, Home Owners Lose: Revealing the BIGGEST SCAM in America by Tom Graneau.  As a NYer that rents, this book sounded very intriguing, I previously posted a guest post similar to the title of this book: 5 Surprising Reasons Why Renting May Top Owning, but Tom Graneau’s book explains in greater detail why renting wins and home ownership lose.

The thing I enjoyed most about the book besides the statistical data, was the relatedness to the reader.  I found the book to be a very interesting read.  The author explains to us what the “American Dream” is…

“The ‘American Dream’ invites curious minds into its grasp, tantalizing them with hopeful visions of grandeur and magnificence, only to trap their longing souls in endless debt and financial anguish.” (Tom Graneau)

The book also goes on to explain how home owners spend money on home improvements in hopes to someday sell the home and hopefully make a profit.

All spending on the house can usually be “justified”. More than a need to fix something, the owner sees every dollar spent as an investment that will come back tenfold when the property is sold.

But at the same time the home owner is using money from credit cards to make home repairs while drowning in more debt, but in his/her mind it’ll be worth it in the end, when the property is sold.

The book also suggests winning strategies for home buyers as well as winning strategies for renters both which are  both informative and helpful if you are thinking of buying a home or renting an apartment or house.

One story I’d like to share happened a few weeks ago while I was on the train reading this book. The commuter sitting next to me noticed the book and asked me ‘how’s the book so far?’ I stated ‘very good and interesting’ and I showed them the cover of the book.  They went on to say that they are against home ownership, and how they feel it’s “a waste of money. Renting is so much easier, when something needs fixing you just call your landlord, same thing with moving, you just get up and leave.”

The same day, I received a call from a coworker that I haven’t spoken to in a while, she went on to tell me how a house she just purchased in another state is becoming more of a burden than a dream come true. Stories like this makes me not want to get in the home ownership game.

After reading this book and listening to my coworker’s story, I realized I’m in no rush to buy a house, if I can’t afford it, I think I just won’t do it. Renting is flexible and works for me, at least for now.

Renters Win, Home Owners Lose is a definitively must read! KMP Blog is giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader to leave a comment on this post.  Just state if you are for RENTING or OWNING. I’ll select a winner randomly by Monday, September 13, 2010

Click here to purchase this book from Amazon:
Renters Win, Home Owners Lose: Revealing the Biggest Scam in America

WINNER is Wynsters!!! Congrats!

6 thoughts on “Renters Win, Home Owners Lose (Book Review)

  1. KMP Blog Post author

    Congrats Wynsters you are the winner of the book. Thanks everyone else for entering and leaving a comment. :-)

  2. Jaime

    I grew up with the mindset that home ownership was something I had to do. Status quo or something like that. Having rented for the past four years, however, I am fond of the flexibility and affordability. This book made me feel better about renting, even though things are not quite the same in Australia. We're still getting screwed by a bad system over here, too.

  3. UrbanGlamGyrl

    I actually rent and own. I definitely think that renting is easier and ownership is not something to rush into. For some renting is ideal and for others owning may be a better fit. I live in California where rent and property can be very high, but it's the price we pay for the Cali way of life, lol!

  4. wendy

    I think that if you could afford it why not, of course I must agree not in NYC. The book sounds interesting I would like to know the cons in details. Nice work Are..

  5. wynsters the tigress

    I live with my parents who own their home. I think it ultimately comes down to what kind of life to you plan on living. do you want a family in the future? do you plan on getting married? or is staying single what you enjoy? do you want to live in NYC or somewhere less urban? these things all matter. with all things, there are pros and cons to both sides. I would like to own my own property in the future but probably not in NYC. there are other places with much more space at much more reasonable prices.

  6. Raeven Western

    Nice Arie! I feel the same way, unless you have a surplus of cash and you can afford a home, key word AFFORD lol a home then go ahead and buy. But like you, I like the flexibility of having an apartment without the responsibilities that home owners have.

    There are benefits and beautiful reasons on either side of the street with this one, it all depends on what kind of future you plan on having… key words FUTURE & PLAN! :)