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

A low key shot of a gavel on a book.

Wait, can my landlord REALLY do that? Maybe not. All states give renters rights. If you rent an apartment, understand the basics of landlord-tenant law.

Should You Buy Or Rent?

How you can decide when's the right time to buy, or if should you stick with renting.

Buying a home still makes sense, but becoming a homeowner before you’re ready can have costly consequences. How much you have saved and how long you’ll stay in one place are the biggest factors in deciding whether you should rent or buy.

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

Just because you don't own a home doesn't mean you don't need insurance: Renter's insurance covers your belongings in the event of a fire, disaster, or burglary.

Just because you don’t own a home doesn’t mean you don’t need insurance: Renter’s insurance covers your belongings in the event of a fire, disaster, or burglary.

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.

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 […]

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 years, and during that time we lived on a very tight budget. We saved 20 percent of […]

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 […]

How to Sublet Your Apartment Safely (And More)

Sublets can be a convenient for both parties, but you need to protect yourself.

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 sublet is simple: somebody renting a sublet pays the rent instead […]

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

Roommates are almost a necessity of life in your twenties, but living with them doesn't have to be a pain.

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 off, scream at each other all night, and on […]

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

How do you find the best apartment rentals in your city?

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 you’re still building credit and saving for a […]