Calculating the Cost of a Deck or Patio

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.

Essentials to Know Before You Sublet Your Dwelling

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.

ETFs: The New Way to Invest in Real Estate

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.

Home Price Surge Finally at an End?

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.

7 Key Steps to Renting Your First Apartment

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.