11
Feb 19

This Is How Much My Actual Mortgage Costs Each Month

Any renter with an internet connection and a passion for painting the walls dark green (or black or maybe just wallpapering a bit) can attest to the bit of confusion you feel when first encountering a mortgage calculator or payment estimator online.

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08
Feb 19

Watch Out: 7 Times When Cheaper Rent is Actually More Expensive

So you found the perfect apartment—everything seems to check out, from the desirable neighborhood to the amazing rent. But is it really as wonderful as it seems? Before you start shifting those extra dollars from your rent fund to your coffee budget, double check your new home to make sure none of these hidden expenses are going to end up emptying your wallet.

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28
Jan 19

Rental Red Flags: What to Look at When You Tour a Potential New Home

Picture this: You’re facing yet another problem in your brand new apartment but—lucky duck—you have roughly 11 months left on your lease. Don’t you wish you could go back in time and save yourself tons of time, money, and headaches by identifying these potential problems before you sign? We’re here to help you do just that.

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14
Jan 19

"Yelp" for Landlords: Search These Sites Before You Move In

Apartment hunting is tough. On top of moving costs, and you know, finding a place to live, you have to worry about whether or not your landlord is actually trustworthy. It’s no surprise then that landlord-rating sites have begun popping up all over the internet, offering reviews and insights from tenants across the globe.

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27
Dec 18

Try Not to Freak Out: What Rent Costs in America's Priciest Zip Codes

If you had to guess where the most expensive neighborhood in the country is, what would you say?

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21
Dec 18

10 Conversations You Should Have With Your Roommate Before Moving In

They often call getting married and moving in together as “taking the plunge,” but if you ask us, moving in with someone you know and love is a lot less scary than moving in with a stranger. Don’t go into the roommate interview unprepared; we’ve got the questions to consider before you both sign the lease.

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15
Dec 18

7 Inexpensive Bathroom Upgrades That Will Up Your Home's Value

Potential buyers can be thrown off by the littlest things (just consult any episode of House Hunters). Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home now, you can make small improvements while you’re still living there without dedicating a lot of time or money to the cause.

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30
Nov 18

9 Signs You're Ready to Stop Renting and Buy Your First Place

Do you dream of a future with a yard and a white picket fence? One where you’re not writing away 30 percent of your salary to your landlord every month? Being able to buy a home is a big part of what we’re sold as “The American Dream,” but it’s not for everyone.

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21
Nov 18

5 Things Your Real Estate Broker Won't Tell You

House hunting? You probably need a broker to help with your search. A great broker can find you a place to live but also sometimes winds up acting as your best friend, your mom, and your therapist all in one. For a successful end result, you really want to make this complex relationship work; we’ll let you in on what your broker might really be thinking…

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28
Oct 18

Address Numerology: Unlock Your Home's Hidden Personality

You already know your home has a story. You can literally see it when you strip away 30 years of paint off an old brick wall, like I’ve been doing this summer. (Who chose that bright orange that’s four layers deep?) But if you ask any numerologist, your home also has an innate personality and character—and that’s something a little harder to unlock.

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