The Calculation (Dave Ramsey Misery Index)

The Dave Ramsey Misery Index consists of four numbers made out in the form of money lost due to Dave Ramsey’s advice related to home purchases. (All numbers are based on an after tax calculation) They are as follows:


  1.  Home Price Appreciation (Calculated based on actual data per market) I calculated the actual price difference between the average home price in October 2011 (when I read Dave’s advice about home buying) and the average home price for March of 2014. The first area is represented by Orchard Park, New York, 14127. The average home price increased 19.42% for that time period. Using the example of a $150,000 home in that market as of October 2011 would cost $29,130 more or $179,130 as of March 2014. (Information provided by Stephanie Morgan at JRS Morgan Realty, LLC with research provided by Altos Research)
  2.  Rent versus Mortgage. This is based on a mortgage for a home priced at $150,000 and the median rent in that market. Between October 2011 and March 2014 it was $747 cheaper to rent so the $747 is a negative number. Median rent for Orchard Park was $861 per month back in 2011.
  3.  Interest Rate Difference. The third number is the difference in interest rates between then and now. Interest rates only changed slightly so it made a difference of $210.
  4.  Higher Mortgage Payment. The fourth number is the difference between what the mortgage payment would have been in 2011 and what the mortgage payment is now, calculated over the life of the loan secured in 2014.

Expressed in numbers the Dave Ramsey Misery Index for Orchard Park, New York would be as follows:


  • Home Price Appreciation $29,130
  • After tax rent vs. After tax mortgage -$747
  • Interest rate difference in payment $210
  • After tax mortgage payment next 360 months $41,542


Each time I post a new misery index it will be for a particular community showing the misery Dave Ramsey has caused his followers DRMIOParkregarding his advice to wait to purchase a home. Back in 2011 I was screaming at the top of my blog posts and videos that it was time to buy a home, an investment property or a primary residence. With interest rates as low as they were and home prices at unbelievable prices it was almost impossible not to see the writing on the wall as to what was going to happen. It has happened. Going forward it appears to me that we are faced with a high probability of increased inflation. With that being said, it is still a good time to buy while interest rates are low and before prices go higher! And, please don’t listen to Dave Ramsey when it comes to buying a home. His advice has created a lot of misery for folks!

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