for a house or apartment to own is a big deal — for most of
the biggest of a lifetime. So we try to be careful and wise and to find
the best property we can and the best financing we can arrange*. But
nobody makes it easy to figure out what this big deal is really going
to cost when you've taken the tax deductions into account. Or whether
you're really better off buying than renting. Well, we think we've
We've seen online mortgage calculators. To us they look pretty lame and quite incomplete. Of course a wiz with a financial calculator like an HP 12C can do this kind of math in her sleep — but even she winds up with one mysterious number displayed above a field of buttons. We think we have a better way. Our calculator is an intelligent form, where the all numbers you put in and all the numbers you get out remain visible and labeled. Everything's there, and you don't have to remember anything.
We have two major features that appear to be unique:
Now that you have all that under your belt, let's go on to the calculator.
*Even if you can pay cash, you may still want to estimate your after-tax cost.