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Should You Buy Or Rent?

For most of us, buying a home (or not) is the biggest financial decision of our young adult lives. There’s no easy answer to the question “is it better to rent or buy?” It depends on so many factors: Your age, your finances, your neighborhood, your … [Read more...]

Renter’s Insurance: When You Need It and How To Get It

Fire. Theft. Vandalism. Flooding. Scary, right? Although we hope it won't happen to us, anybody could be a disaster victim. And that's why home owners have insurance---to protect the roof over our heads and replace possessions in case the … [Read more...]

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

There's a one in three chance that as you're reading this — whether by tablet, smartphone, or a sophisticated-looking Mac laptop — a big part of your life remains somewhat unsophisticated and, well, maybe even embarrassing. Pssst: Your mom just cal … [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...]

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...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

Confessions of a New Homeowner: Expenses We Expected and Didn’t Expect

My husband and I closed on our first house on March 9, 2012.  Since then, it has been a whirlwind of new homeowner activities. Painting, fixing, landscaping, neighbor-meeting, decorating ... and spending. Lots of spending. We rented for several y … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]