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by CareyBot

"I am buying a house for $180,000, which I could pay for by selling assets, but everybody tells me to leave my assets alone and take out a mortgage. Their advice makes me nervous because it is always based on generalities, such as 'you want the mortgage as a tax shelter' or 'you should leave your investments alone.' They don't know anything about my tax status or my investments. Is there a better way to make this decision?" There is a better way. Use a spreadsheet called "Future Net Worth," which can be downloaded from my Web site. The spreadsheet allows you to measure your future net worth on the assumption that you pay all cash, then measure it again on the assumption that you take a mortgage, and see where you end up in each case. The spreadsheet calculates your net worth year by yea...