Articles on Real Estate and Housing

The 5 Best Cities for Starting Over

So long, Stinktown! If your current zipcode just isn't doing it for you, pull up stakes and start over fresh in one of these five forward looking 'burgs.

3 Terrible Things Foreclosure Does to Your Credit

A foreclosure stings, but you can rebuild. Here's what it will do to your credit, and the steps to take to get it back.

5 Home Renovations That Could Hurt Your Home's Value

Swimming pools and lavish gardens may sound great, but before you drop big bucks on a home renovation, know what it can do to resale value.

23 Hidden Costs of Buying an Old House

Vintage charm and classic appeal may be great selling points, but before you shell out for an old house, be sure you know what you're buying.

The 9 Most Important Lessons I Learned About Money When I Became a Landlord

If you want to be a landlord, you'd better brush up on some important money lessons first.

Is it Safe to Re-Finance Your Home Close to Retirement?

Refinancing to a lower mortgage may sound like a no-brainer, but if you're close to retirement, consider these complications.

Be a Smarter Home Buyer by Avoiding These 12 House Hunter Cliches

Binge watching "House Hunters" may leave you with big ideas, but please — don't listen to these stupid home-buying comments.

Home Equity Loan or HELOC: Which Is Right for You?

You have equity in your home, and you need to borrow money. Should you turn to a HELOC or a home equity loan?

8 Smart and Fun Things You Could Do if You Paid Less Rent

You could be having a whole lot of fun if you paid less rent. Maybe it's time to move?

6 Important Things You Need to Know About the Housing Market in 2016

Whether it's your dream to own a home, or you already own your dream home, catch up on what's coming for the market this year.

Should You Move to a New City to Reduce Lifestyle Costs?

If high housing costs seem scary in your dream city, consider this — the lifestyle change may be worth the move!

5 Downsides of a Reverse Mortgage

A reverse mortgage may sound like a good plan in retirement, but beware — these loans are not without their drawbacks.

Avoid These 7 Things When Living With Roommates

It's not easy making the rent, and for many, roommates are unavoidable. Let's try to make this arrangement as painless as possible, shall we?

Can Tiny House Living Actually Save You Money?

The latest trend in real estate is living large in a really small space. Seems like that should be a money-saver, right?

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Buying a Home

Before you seal the deal on a new house, ask yourself: Are you prepared for the investment? Run through these questions first.

Is an FHA Home Loan Right for You?

With an FHA loan you don't need great credit — nor a lot of cash — to get into a home. What's the catch?

The 5 Best Mid-Sized Cities for Millennials

You don't have to make it there to make it somewhere. Enjoy big city living without the big city cost in these five medium-sized metropolises.

Here's Why Your Parents Could Buy a Home While You Still Rent

Your Baby Boomer parents could afford to buy their homes. Why can't you?

The 5 Cities the Most Billionaires Call Home

There's nothing frugal about these lavish locations. The world's wealthiest love to call these five mega-rich cities home.

When Location Isn't King: How to Choose Income Rental Property

They say location is key when you're buying a home — but what about when investing in a rental property? Don't get stuck in the red!