My Husband Didn’t Want a House—So I Bought One Without Him

Our apartment sits on one of the busiest thoroughfares in New England. Working from home, we hear traffic, sirens, neighbors, the train, people shouting outside, our maintenance crew or the city’s department of public works taking on some project. I hate noise—and communal washing machines, sharing a bathroom, summer heat without central air conditioning, washing dishes by hand, living in three rooms with inadequate storage, and parking three floors down. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The 7 Things You Absolutely Must Do When Moving Into a Co-Op

Before you pack one box in anticipation of your move to a co-op, you want to be sure you know everything about the building itself, whether it’s quirky rules, upcoming construction, or ongoing squabbles. This will go a long way to easing your move-in process. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

This Bargain Find Saved Me During the Home Buying Process

To say I was a bit stressed out while hunting for and purchasing my first home would be a gross understatement. You see, I’m a planner. I like to know what to expect in any given situation, and having to trust our real estate agent to guide us through the whole process—without having a road map detailing each step of that process—made me a nervous wreck. There seemed to be so many moving parts that it made my head spin. But one smart purchase helped me maintain my sanity all the way through the closing. I purchased a portfolio organizer, Read More

7 Warning Signs Your Real Estate Agent Is a Bad Fit

The market is flooded with real estate agents looking to get your business. So how do you determine who to trust and who to kick to the curb? There are certain red flags that may indicate an agent isn’t capable of finding your dream home. Here, three real estate professionals sound off on common warning signs. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

I Was "Househacking" to Pay My Mortgage—Then Things Fell Apart

When my husband and I first saw the mammoth Victorian, we fell right in love. Like, we stepped into the foyer and were smitten. We were surprised to find out that the 4,000 square-foot beauty cost only $200,000. It was built in 1890 and came complete with a carriage house and a third floor with its own outside entrance. Now, $200k was a sizable chunk of change compared to the tiny shotgun-style fixers-uppers we’d initially been eyeing. But once we did the math, we found it came out to 50 bucks a square foot—a bargain compared to the $132/sq-ft median Read More

The 10 Commandments of House Hunting

Anyone who has gone through the stress of house hunting knows that it can be a challenge of biblical proportions. Though no home buying experience is the same, Maureen Burns with @Properties in Chicago, Illinois, says the right preparation and mindset can help you find the best property with relatively little stress. From not getting hung up on easily-fixed cosmetic features to researching your desired neighborhoods ahead of time, this list of rules is a good guide for house hunters everywhere. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

An Intro to Architecture Styles (Explained Through The Zodiac Signs Because It's 2018)

When it comes to architecture, there seems to be endless styles to choose from. Have you ever wondered which type is right for you? Interested in your horoscope? Well, what could be more fun than meshing the two? Here, 12 types of homes and their corresponding star match, for millennials’ sake. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

This Was the Biggest Mistake I Made When Buying My First Home

The very first time I walked into the house I now call home, I fell in love. It was in a quiet, tree-lined cul de sac where children played in the streets—yet it was only 10 minutes from the downtown core. I couldn’t believe how much space there was: three bedrooms (room enough for possible babies to come), a yard with a deck, a huge finished basement, and even a little lawn where I imagined my husband and I would grow vegetables. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

3 Signs You Should Check In On Your Neighbor

Maybe you hear seemingly constant fighting and crying through the walls. Or someone is hollering upstairs for a concerningly long time. Or the guy across the hall has suddenly gone radio silent and his mailbox is overflowing. Now, the big question: Are you overthinking or does your neighbor really need help? Whether you’re close to your neighbors, haven’t made it past the head-nod-in-the-elevator stage, or didn’t even know someone even lived in that apartment, it’s your duty to be proactive for their safety, even if it’s awkward. While it might turn out that they’re not in danger, the alternative—that they Read More

This Is How Long It Takes Most Americans to Save For a Down Payment

It doesn’t matter how much you smash that piggy bank—your first home is going to be really expensive and it’s going to take a long time to save up for that down payment on your own. According to a new study from HotPads, most renters will spend nearly six and a half years saving to put a down payment on a home. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico