Apartment hunting can be stressful for any renter, but New York City dwellers encounter a unique set of circumstances when looking for a place to live. Every seasoned New York City renter has a horror story — whether it’s the time they lost the perfect apartment or a blacklist of brokers they refuse to work with again.
There are ways for homebuyers to determine if they’re about to purchase a disaster.
Buying a house is a little like asking someone to marry you. In both cases, you make your offer believing there’s a good chance you’ll get a yes, but you know you could get a no.
Nobody likes a house with an outdated bathroom. Of course, you can use a blue toilet and bathe in a pink tub, illuminated by eight naked light bulbs shining on a stained 1970s laminate countertop. But do you really want to?
The housing market is faring much better than it was a few years ago, but sales have slowed from 2013. If that “for sale” sign has been on your front lawn a lot longer than you expected, you may be wondering: What do most homeowners do in this situation?
If you’re a homeowner with nothing special outside your back door, you’ve probably felt the pang of patio or deck envy. You go to a friend’s house, and he has an incredible layout in his backyard. Someone is grilling, and friends and family are lounging in comfortable chairs on the patio. Everyone’s laughing and having fun, and you remember your own place and think: I want this.
Summertime means you might be away from your apartment more than you’re living in it. Whether you’re a student headed home at the end of the semester or lucky enough to have a summer booked full of vacations, finding someone to sublet your pad while you’re away is a great way to bank some extra cash. Here are a few tips for navigating the subletting process.
One of the biggest advantages of having a roommate is the ability to split the cost of rent and utilities, which usually means you’ll be able to afford a larger apartment with better amenities than you could if you were living by yourself. However, when you live with a roommate
Is investing in an exchange-traded fund a smart way to invest in real estate? Housing has been a surprisingly unpredictable sector since the great real estate crash of 2007. As a result, new ways to invest in real estate have emerged, with housing-related ETFs being a prime example.
We always hear that remodeling a kitchen is one of the most expensive home improvements. And it can be. The Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report listed the average cost of a major kitchen remodel at $54,909, and even a minor remodel came in at $18,856. But kitchen remodeling doesn’t have to be that expensive.
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ShutterstockHackers who access the software for your smart home thermostat might get your financial information, warn experts.
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Home price growth is finally slowing, which could be welcome news for potential buyers who have been priced out of the market. Asking home prices increased at the slowest rate in 13 months, according to online real-estate marketplace Trulia, as demand from buyers — both traditional and investor — continues to wane.
A lot of people decide to retire in place because they like living in familiar surroundings with old friends and family members close by. Others decide to stay put after they realize just how much it costs to move. Before you decide to
As a 10-year resident of New York City, I have had my fair share of roommates. The only way to make affordable living a possibility in this town, and many others, is to split the biggest expense, which is rent.
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ShutterstockMost experts suggest that you have at least 20 percent of the house’s purchase price saved as a down payment.
By Geoff Williams
The spring homebuying season is in full bloom, and odds are, if you’re reading thi…
Retirement is the perfect time to relocate for many of us. Not being tied down to a particular location anymore makes relocation a real possibility.
Meteorologists must be feeling a lot of job security these days, given the winter that never seemed to end and the summer-like storms and tornadoes appearing throughout the Midwest this spring.
Finding your first apartment is an exciting milestone. You finally have a space all your own to do whatever you want — whether it’s decorating your living room in leopard print or hosting a dinner party for all your friends. But as with many firsts, your first apartment hunt can be overwhelming and stressful.
You may be all too familiar with commercials featuring folksy celebrities explaining how reverse mortgages sound “too good to be true,” but there isn’t a catch this time. You can have the best of both worlds