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Carrick on money: When is the right time to buy a house?

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It's the right time to buy a house when…

Garth Turner, king of housing bears, has developed a formula for deciding when it makes sense to own a house. It's called the rule of 90 and it says that an appropriate percentage of your net worth to be tied up in your home is equal to 90 minus your age.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998. Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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