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

Deciding how much rent you can truly 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?

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Surprise! There's a Gender Gap in Mortgages, Too

The gender wage gap may have the spotlight, but there seems to be bias in home loans, too. Find out how to fight it

Rent Your Home or Buy? Here's How to Decide

Rent versus buy is an age-old housing conundrum. Make the decision easy with some math that's easy to figure.

Watch Out for These 5 Last Minute Home Buying Costs

First time homebuyers can be left scrambling to cover these last-minute costs. Don't get blindsided on your way to your new home!

Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Early?

Owning your home outright is a huge achievement. Weigh these options first, though, before tackling your mortgage early.

Everybody's Wrong About How Much House You Can Afford

Owning too much house often leads to your house owning you. Avoid becoming house poor with a radical approach to housing costs.

Here's How Much Life in the Big City Will Cost You

Your dreams of big city life probably won't come cheap. Better crunch the numbers before you make the big move from Smallsville to Metropolis!

10 Best Tools for Finding an Apartment on the Cheap

Looking for a new apartment can be about as much fun as getting a root canal. However, a wealth of free or cheap tools are at hand to make it easier.

10 Most Expensive Zip Codes in the Country

Housing is probably your biggest expense — but it's probably not this big.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: How to Decide When to Sell Your House

Max is facing one of the biggest decisions in her budget challenge yet — should she sell her house? The decision is amusingly complex.

The Real Cost of Moving to Canada (If That's Your Post-Election Plan)

The divisive '16 election has folks eyeing our neighbor to the north. Seriously. But what would it cost to "flee" to Canada?

4 Ways to Buy a House Without a Mortgage

No mortgage? No problem. You can still purchase the home of your dreams.

How to House Hunt Without Leaving Your Couch

Find the perfect new home right from the comfort of your couch. Isn't technology wonderful?

How Much Are Pricey Home Upgrades Really Worth?

When readying a home for sale, it can be tempting to go wild with a new deck or room addition. Before you start, do the math.

These Are the 7 Features Home Buyers Want Most

Get the scoop on what modern homebuyers want. The days of granite countertops and living room walls are long gone.

5 Negotiation Tricks That’ll Win a Home Bidding War

With slimmer pickings in the housing market, bidding wars abound. Don't let your dream home get swept out from under you with these negotiation tricks.

5 Times You Shouldn't Refinance Your Mortgage

Thinking of refinancing your mortgage? Hang on — usually a refinance is the right choice, but not always.

5 American Cities Where You Can Retire On Just Social Security

If Social Security is your primary post-retirement income, it may be time to move. Maybe to one of these five low-cost U.S. cities.

12 House-Hunting Red Flags You Can't Ignore

From strange smells to wacky wiring, you shouldn't ignore these house-hunting red flags. Read on for 10 more.

5 Reasons Fall Is a Great Time to House Hunt

The leaves are changing, and you still don't have your dream home. Hey, no worries! Fall is a great time to house hunt.

10 Questions to Ask Before Signing a Lease

Renting a home is more than just finding the right place. Make sure you know everything up front by asking these important questions first.