Is buying a home to live in a good investment?

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that in some markets investors are buying foreclosure properties at bargain prices. These properties are located in areas that appear to have good growth potential, and they generate enough rental income to at least offset the holding and maintenance costs. The deal needs to make sense financially regardless of whether there is a big run up in appreciation. The plan is to hold the property for the long term. There was a time not long ago when investors bought condos and houses even if they didn't produce enough cash flow to cover the carrying costs. Prices were rising so quickly, they could afford a little negative cash flow. The holding period was short and the appreciation payoff was big. According to Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index, prices increased almost 75 percent between February 2000 and February 2008. In most housing markets, it's not possible to count on appreciation now. The market could be bottoming out in s...