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Discount Real Estate Brokerages: Worthwhile or a Scam?

“Sell your home for only 1.5% commission!” read a billboard that caught my eye recently as I drove down the freeway. As a Real Estate Broker with a family to support, my first thought was that if I made that little on every transaction, I wouldn’t … [Read more...]

Why Owning a Home is a Bad Investment — But Often a Smart Decision

Experiential learning is always better than any lesson from a book. But when it comes to personal finance, too often the experience comes at the price of losing or spending way too much money. This past summer, my wife and I decided to finish our … [Read more...]

How To Get Approved For Your First Mortgage

As the U.S. economy continues to rebuild slowly from the recession 5 years ago, lots of people are looking to buy homes after years of renting or staying put in a pervious house. As a result, the real estate market is competitive in many parts of the … [Read more...]

How to Find a Short-Term Rental

As I’ve been getting further along in my college career, one word has changed in my mind from an exciting one to a scary one: internship. Sure, many internships are extremely competitive and offer low or no pay, but perhaps the hardest thing about int … [Read more...]

Can My Landlord REALLY Do That? A Guide to Renter’s Rights

After the housing bubble of 2008-09, few people can say you’re “just throwing money” away by renting anymore. I talk a lot about everything home-buying on here, so it’s high time we say a bit about renting. Specifically: I want to cover renter's ri … [Read more...]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying a New House While Working Full-Time

So you're tired of your little old lady landlord losing your rent check. And your frat boy neighbors were fun three years ago, but now their mid-week keg parties are keeping you awake. You've got the money saved to buy your first home, but there's … [Read more...]

Closing on a House: Navigate the Home Closing Process Like a Pro

Some things, as they say, they don’t teach in school—especially when it comes to personal finance. Of course, that’s what this website is all about. Think about the first time you had to do your own taxes. Or figure out a proper investment plan. Or de … [Read more...]

Home Insurance: Why You Should Pay Attention!

When Lauren and I bought our first home three years ago, everything about being first-time home buyers was new: making an offer on the home, applying for a mortgage, even getting home insurance. When you’re wrapped up in the excitement and c … [Read more...]

Should You Buy a ‘Starter Home’ or Wait?

In many parts of the country, the real estate market seems to be rebounding. “As buyers seek to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates, the supply and demand imbalance threatens to further limit deals as the key spring selling season ap … [Read more...]

This Post for Rent: 8 Tips for Landlords, Renters in the Under-30 Crowd

Just as the Great Recession hit homeowners with a mighty wallop, it also took a toll on rentals, with bad news for landlords and tenants alike. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, vacancy rates reached a new high … [Read more...]