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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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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.

4 Ways a Home Energy Audit Will Save You Money

Those drafty windows and ancient appliances are costing you, big time. This is one audit you'll be happy to endure.

4 Surprising Things Lenders Check Besides Your Credit Score

It's no secret your credit score is important. But when it comes to getting a home loan, it's not the only determining factor.

What You Need to Know About HOAs

Living in an HOA has its pros and cons. Here's what to consider before you move in.

5 Alternative Housing Options You Can Afford

You don't have to live in a van by the river to cut your housing costs dramatically — instead, consider some nontraditional abodes, like these.

Best Money Tips: Homes Are So Cheap Here, You Barely Need to Work

Today we found articles on states where homes are so cheap you barely need to work, money-saving home maintenance, and caring for your mental health at work.

4 Reasons Millenials Should Invest in a Home

Media may paint Millennials as anti-homeowners, but the numbers say otherwise. Millennials are snapping up homes for good reason. Here's why.

How to Avoid Getting Scammed With a Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgages don't have the best reputation, but when entered into wisely, an HECM can offer seniors strapped for cash real help.

9 Sneaky Home Money Pits That Sap Your Savings

Household money pits aren't always obvious. Beware these sneaky money sinks hiding right under your nose.

You're Ready to Make an Offer on a House: Now What?

You've found your dream home, secured a lender and a mortgage — now comes the hard part.

10 Dumb Ways to Scare Off Potential Homebuyers

Before you put your home on the market take a look around. Would you buy a place that looks like yours?

Thinking of Skipping the Home Inspection? Here's What It Will Cost You

Think you can save a few bucks by skipping a home inspection? Think again.

5 Things You Need to Know When Renting-to-Own a Home

Rent-to-own can be a lifeline for those with poor credit. Before snagging the keys to your soon-to-be dream home, brush up on what you need to know.

6 "Tourist Towns" That Are Actually Great to Live In

They may look picture-perfect on a postcard, but these tourist towns are also ideal spots to put down roots.

Best Money Tips: The Most Affordable U.S. Cities of 2016

Today we found articles on the most affordable cities in the U.S., how the Brexit vote will affect the cost of travel, and ways to cook dinner in the dishwasher.

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Second Home in Retirement

A vacation home is a lifetime dream. For retirees, living the dream comes with an extra dose of reality.

8 Moves to Make If You Need to Break Your Lease

No one ever thinks they'll need to break their lease — but things happen. Avoid legal — and financial — pitfalls by handling it smartly.