Buying real estate? Think long term

Despite rosy economic reports, key issues could impact purchase

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Not long ago, buying a home was the best investment you could make. Not only did it provide a place to live, but it provided instant wealth for many homeowners through rapid home-price appreciation. Renting seemed risky. If you didn’t own a home, you’d miss out on equity buildup that would bankroll a move to a bigger, better home.