Trading on Anticipated Future Wealth: Homes & Cities

A recent article in The Boston Globe highlights the issues Bostonians are considering related to purchasing homes in affluent areas. The piece recites a financial-planning principle: “A bit of perspective: In many parts of the country, the rule of thumb is that housing costs should occupy a third of one’s income. Here, that standard frequently doesn’t apply.”  Because of rising real estate prices and a desire to keep up with the Joneses, many Boston families[…]