Articles on Real Estate and Housing

4 Easy Ways to Start Saving for a Down Payment on a Home

Even the humblest of down payments will eat up a sizable savings account. How can you put together a down payment on a home that won't break you?

5 Reasons You Definitely Need Renters' Insurance

Yes, renters, you totally need to insure your stuff — and yourself — from mishaps big and small. Don't economize here!

Ask the Readers: What Do You Want in Your Forever Home?

Tell us what you want in your forever home and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

3 Times a Refinance Is the Wrong Move

A mortgage refinance can save you tons, right? Not always.

5 Times You're Better Off Without a Real Estate Agent

Those four little words can save you a lot of cash — For Sale By Owner. Are you prepared to sell your own home and reap the rewards?

2 Things You Must Know About the New Mortgage Rules

Homebuyers should face fewer mortgage surprises with the "Know Before You Owe" disclosure process — and they may even save some money. Here's how.

The 11 Best Websites for Renting Your Extra Space

Turn to the Internet for fast, simple, and safe ways to get your rental property in front of the right audience.

3 Unbelievable Real Estate Tax Shelters of the Rich

The rich finding crazy tax loopholes may not surprise you — but you'll be floored by these real estate tax shelters.

5 Major Expenses That Are Surprisingly Cheaper Than Ever Before

Many of life's priciest buys aren't so pricey anymore. Have you noticed these five major costs coming down?

Why You Should Be Saving Big With Bi-Weekly Mortgage Payments

Paying your mortgage every couple of weeks instead of monthly can shave thousands in interest costs, but going bi-weekly is not a simple as it seems.

Here's How to Save Thousands on Your Mortgage

The difference between 10 years of interest and 30 of interest years can be tremendous, but the decision isn't easy. How long should a mortgage be?

7 Ways to Rent An Apartment With Bad Credit

Bad or low credit makes everything hard — even renting an apartment. Here's how you can still find a place when your credit is weak.

The Surprising Reasons Your Fixed-Rate Mortgage Payment Could Rise

They say nothing is set in stone, and your monthly mortgage payment is no exception. Plan ahead for these possible house payment price hikes.

The Simple Way to Decide How Much Rent You Can Really Afford

Before you set out to find your next great rental apartment or home, take a good look at your income. What can you afford?

8 Credit Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Mortgage Application

Before you send in your mortgage application, there are 8 things you must fix to have the best chance at getting approved.

Beginner's Guide to Finding Your Interior Design Style

Can a fun personality quiz find your personal style in less than 30 seconds?

How to Save $100s on Your Next Move

A big move can mean a big expense, but it doesn't have to. Use these hacks to save some cash on your next move.

Frayed Relationships, Damaged Credit, and Costly Additions — What a Multi-Generational Home Might Cost You

Multiple generations living under one roof is becoming more common. Keep the family peace by planning for some of the potential pitfalls.

14 Things You Should Do When You Move to a New Town

Welcome to the neighborhood! Here's how to plant your roots in the new town you call home.

5 Ways to Qualify for a Mortgage With a Small Downpayment

A 20% down payment isn't pocket change. If you can't afford 20% down on your mortgage loan, you still have other loan options.