Archive for: Real Estate & Renting

Considering a Move to the Suburbs? Here’s What to Look For


With many urban environments pricing themselves beyond the reach of young adults, and quite a few downsides to big city life (from congestion and traffic to outrageous fees, high rents and a dearth of downtown parking), modern suburbs have their attractions.

Military Housing Programs for Servicemembers and their Families


When you’re serving your country while overseas, the last thing you want to worry about is the risk of your family getting evicted or foreclosed upon. Taking advantage of the best military housing program for your situation can put your mind at ease and your finances on the right track.

The Not-so-empty Nest: Why One in Three Adults Under 35 Live With Their Parents


The news isn’t all bad, it seems. Young adults living at home may have to restrain their behavior a bit, but they’re also showing adult restraint with finances, at least in terms of what they dish out for rent or a mortgage.

How to Make a Winning Real Estate Offer With a Few Easy Tricks

How to make a winning real estate offer.

Buying a home is difficult enough, but in a seller’s market it becomes a mad rush to make your best offer and then pray it’s accepted. Fortunately, you can make your offer stand out by taking a few easy steps that most bidders neglect.

Mortgage Pre-approval Checklist

How do you know you're ready to buy a home? When you have the money, a steady job, and the desire to be a homeowner.

This scenario happens to me approximately once per week: a potential buyer comes to me letting me know that they are looking for a 5- bedroom, 4-bath house with a large backyard, a pool, an open kitchen and a great school district. I say that I would love to help them and ask for their […]

Budgeting for Home Expenses: Expect the Unexpected


Americans are buying houses again. Home prices throughout the United States are expected to increase an average of 13 percent in 2013 and 2014, according to National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. If you’re about to purchase your first house, you’ve hopefully saved for a down payment and considered a budget for your […]

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.”

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 basement. We met with our contractor, who was honest and […]