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Picking a Landlord You Can Live With

ZillowRenting from a management company instead of an individual landlord has pros — and cons. By Jennifer Riner Rental property types may differ significantly depending on ownership, and management tactics tend to follow suit. Should you opt for a single-family residence owned by a devoted, single investor? How about renting an apartment from a well-established,…

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Zillow: 30-Year Fixed Mortgage at 3.82%

Zillow*The weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest in six-hour intervals. By Lauren Braun Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.82 percent, down from 3.90 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered…

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'Tis to Season to Reconsider Renters Insurance

ShutterstockThe FBI reports the average loss per burglary is more than $2,000, and during the holidays, you can take an even bigger hit. By Niccole Schreck The holiday season is upon us, and while you might be decorating your apartment door with boughs of holly and prepping your Thanksgiving turkey, you should also be arranging…

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DIY Effort Makes Industrial Loft Unique

By Mitchell Parker Photos by Ryan Patrick Kelly Photographs After living for six years in his downtown Edmonton loft in the Canadian province of Alberta, this homeowner was ready for a change. He liked the industrial nature of the space — soaring ceilings, raw redbrick walls, exposed ducting and conduit — but didn’t like its…

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After Recent Gains, Mortgage Rates Head Back Down

Getty Images WASHINGTON — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged lower this week, approaching their lows for the year. The benchmark 30-year loan rate hovered near 4 percent. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage slipped to 4.01 percent from 4.02 percent last week. The 30-year rate, which stood…