When Buying, Look for Features That Add Value to Your Home

When house hunting, look for features that create lasting value.

If you’re buying a home, you want it to appreciate. Even if you realize your own house may not be a great investment, you still want it to hold it’s value and — hopefully — to be able to sell it someday for more than you paid for it. But in real estate, the stuff […]

Does Somebody Really Live There? Crazy and Amazing Houses in America

Beer Can House

As I was driving from San Diego to Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I saw a massive house at the very top of a huge mountain. The house was overlooking the freeway and had no other houses nearby. I wondered who lives there and what it would be like to drive for 15 […]

Discount Real Estate Brokerages: Worthwhile or a Scam?


“What about the buyer’s side? Do they get no money for all their efforts? This can’t be the whole story.”

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Buying A New House While Working Full-Time


Buying a house can be time consuming. Between all the paperwork of getting a mortgage, looking at houses, and submitting offers, who has the time? Here are some tips on what to expect and how to make things go a little smoother.

Burglary Prevention: Common Sense Advice to Avoid Becoming a Victim


If you think burglary is something that only happens in low-income neighborhoods, think again. It is a crime that can happen even in the nicest neighborhoods with white picket fences. Sure, the criminals may not live in your neighborhood, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t driving by your house casing it for a future break […]

Renting: What You Get for $1,500 a Month

What you can rent for $1,500 a month in Boston, MA

If you could live anywhere in the United States, where would you choose? If you’re reading Money Under 30 and you are in fact 20-or 30-something, you probably can’t afford a mansion, and that’s okay! Part of starting off right is living in a place that you can truly afford and saving up money. Let’s […]

What Your Mortgage Interest Rate Really Means

A free Google Doc loan payoff spreadsheet from MoneyUnder30.com

With mortgage rates so low right now, it seems everybody is talking about what a smoking hot mortgage rate they got on their new house. But mortgage rates are tricky. It’s easy to look at a 3.75 percent APR mortgage rate and say “holy cow” when, 25 years ago, the national average interest rate for a […]

How to Hire Contractors who Won’t Blow up Your House


Thinking about adding some weather-stripping to your house this winter? Need roof patching or a furnace tune up? Do not try to save money by hiring a non-licensed contractor or someone who is not qualified for the job. Even licensed contractors make huge mistakes sometimes, and knowing what to look out for could save you […]

Your First Home: What Can You Get for $200k?

Examples of a $200k house in the Twin Cities

As if I don’t get enough real estate as a full-time broker, I spend what little time I take off from work watching the HDTV show “House Hunters.” Why watch something I see day in and out? For the same reason anyone does — to compare. I sit there, thinking about my own house and […]

How Lease Options Work When You ‘Rent To Own’ A House

Renting a house with the option to buy -- called a lease option -- can be a fast-track to home ownership.

We spend a lot of time debating when you know it’s a good time for you to buy a home and, sometimes, offering gentle reminders that it can be smart to rent. But there’s another option: One that melds the pros and cons of both home ownership and renting. You’ve probably seen rent to own furniture […]