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How to Sublet Your Apartment Safely (And More)

If you’re a college student, recent grad, or anyone living in a big city, you’re no stranger to sublets: Apartments that one tenant subleases to somebody else, often for a short period of time (such as a summer break). Although the concept of a sub … [Read more...]

The Consequences of Walking Away From a Mortgage

I hope this post doesn’t apply to you. That is, I hope you’re not in---or at risk of---foreclosure. We all know there are still a lot of foreclosures out there. As a Realtor, it’s especially obvious. Every time I drive to one of my short sale listi … [Read more...]

Should You Invest In Real Estate?

Editor's Note: Yesterday Sarah gave us some ways to help you figure out if you're ready to buy a home. But what if you're pondering buying real estate not as a home, but an investment? Real estate investing involves more risk and legwork than … [Read more...]

Is It Your Time To Buy A House? Four Questions To Ask Yourself

Editor’s Note:  Many of you write in asking if you’re ready to buy a home. Others have asked if rental real estate makes a good investment, which we will get into in two upcoming posts. If you’re a happy renter, know that we're not unduly glorifying r … [Read more...]

Roommates: How To Find and Screen Somebody to Share Your Home

Unless you're moving in with your best friends, I don't think many people love the idea of living with roommates. In fact as I write this, just thinking of my some of my former college roommates makes me cringe. They would forget to turn the stove … [Read more...]

Find and Rent The Best Apartments In Your City: How To Optimize Your Apartment Hunt

You might not expect to hear this from a Realtor---after all, I help people buy and sell homes for a living---but buying a home isn't right for everybody all the time. Many times, in fact, it's best to rent. If you don't want to settle down, if … [Read more...]

Lessons from a Realtor: 7 Dos and Don’ts for Buying or Selling a Home

Between the dream of home ownership and turning the key to your new home, a lot has to happen---and a lot can go wrong. After all, real estate transactions take place between two imperfect parties: human beings. When I started out as a Realtor, I … [Read more...]

How Much Is Your Home Worth?

Millions of you want to know the answer to one seemingly simple question: How much is my home worth? Sadly, in many cases, the only simple answer is "much less than you paid for it." (Go ahead, you can share your story in the comments. This should … [Read more...]

Buying a Short Sale: Is It Worth It? (And Does It Really Take Six Months?)

Many U.S. real estate markets are flooded with short sales and, according to the National Association of Realtors, that number is only expected to increase in the near future. So if you’re in the market for a new home, there’s a good possibility that … [Read more...]

Condo Financing is Different

Are you considering getting a mortgage to buy a condo? Read this first. As a Realtor, I know that condos are popular among first-time home buyers. After all, the average condo costs less than the average single-family home. (In March 2011, the … [Read more...]