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May 17, 2018

Homes.com Provides Homebuyers a Simply Smarter Home Search

We’ve reimagined real estate search with the NEW Homes.com. You can find your perfect home, in the style you love, in the communities you desire, and at the price you need, all while sharing your home search journey with the people you care about most. Check out how Homes.com makes home search simpler than ever with these new features:

Homes.com Match

Your personalized homes search tool provides a smarter way to find your ideal first or next home. Just tell us which amenities are “must have” and which are “nice to have” and listings will be assigned a “Match” score based on those parameters. Easily see the homes that best match you by [...]

 
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April 18, 2018

The Most Commonly Broken Lease Rules: Early Termination

When you sign an apartment lease on the dotted line, you are probably excited and think nothing of complying with the terms of the contract. That said, one of the most commonly broken lease rules is an early termination of the lease. With so many people moving come Spring, some renters will be breaking their leases (or considering it) to set their sights on a new home. Here are a few things you need to know before breaking a lease. This includes the ramifications of your decision so that you understand what’s outlined in the lease should you decide to terminate early.

Knowing Your Options Before Breaking Your Current Lease

From a landlord’s point of view, the [...]

 
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March 21, 2018

5 Rental Search Hacks That Will Help You Secure Your Dream Home

If you're looking for the perfect home to rent, here are five rental search hacks that will help you find it today. Homes.com has the home you're looking for!
 
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March 8, 2018

Renters Alert: 6 Predictions You’ll Want to Hear for 2018

Renters may be used to being at the receiving end of the rental market's volatility, but not this year. Check out the road map of what's coming in 2018.
 
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March 7, 2018

Understanding Rental and Lease Agreements

When we finally decide to find a place of our own, we’re often excited about the opportunities created by a new home. Shopping for furniture, deciding where to put your favorite art and nick-knacks, and exploring new restaurants and stores are all part of the thrill when looking for a new place to live. However, one aspect of your new home is typically considered at best a nuisance and at worst a source of extreme anxiety and stress — your lease or rental agreement. But don’t let this packet of papers scare you and certainly don’t just turn to the last page to sign it… There’s important information in there that you’ll want to know about before [...]

 
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February 21, 2018

8 Ways to Make Sure You Definitely See Your Security Deposit Again

There may be no guarantee you'll get your security deposit back when you vacate your rental, but these tips will make it easier to see your deposit returned to you.
 
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February 20, 2018

Renting Outside the Box

Change the Way You Think About Rentals

When most people think of renting, their thoughts typically turn to large apartment complexes of units all stacked up and ready to occupy. And while this “big box store” approach to apartments certainly has its advantages (offering amenities like a clubhouse and laundry), renters have an opportunity to really stretch their comfort levels when looking for an ideal place to meet their housing needs. One of the biggest advantages to renting is that your commitment tends to be lower, in terms of both finances and time. You’ll have less riding on making the “perfect” choice. If a rental isn’t ideal, you’ll [...]

 
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February 12, 2018

Why Your Landlord Matters When Renting a Home

When you are looking to rent a home, your landlord matters. Here are 6 qualities you should look for in a landlord before renting a home.
 
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February 7, 2018

How To Make Money With Airbnb – Best & Worst Cities

The Best and Worst Cities For Making Money on Airbnb

Airbnb has revolutionized the way people live when they are away from home, giving everyone an alternative to hit-or-miss hospitality industry mainstays like hotels, motels, and hostels. Travelers can now choose from a variety of unique and comfortable places to stay all around the world with the click of a button. Airbnb has made this process so easy for people looking for a place to stay, giving them access to reviews left by previous guests and photos of the spaces in question, while also allowing customers to filter their search results according to a number of different criteria so that they can find a rental of the right size [...]

 
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January 29, 2018

Personalizing Your Rental Space: Common Dos and Don’ts

Renting an apartment or house has always been a popular alternative to home ownership for couples, singles, and college students, and the popularity of renting continues to grow as a viable option to affordable housing. But just because you’re renting, doesn’t mean you can’t make the space your own. Most rentals allow a fair bit of self-expression — just be sure to check with your landlord before embarking on any permanent changes.

If it’s a cosmetic change that you can (and will) remove yourself when you vacate, its probably okay. These include hanging posters, changing the window coverings, adding throw rugs, and accessorizing your furniture. But [...]

 
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December 29, 2017

How to Rent out and Market Your Winter Cabin

If you have a winter cabin, you may want to rent it out. There are many advantages. Many people rent their vacation property for additional income. Renting your cabin can also ensure that it doesn’t go uninhabited for months.

There are, however, many considerations to keep in mind as you prepare to rent out and market a winter cabin. Here are eight to think about.

Renting It Out

Decide Who Will Clean and Maintain

A vacation rental needs to be spotlessly clean and kept in tip-top shape. You need to decide who will do the cleaning and maintenance. If you live close, will you or family members do it? If not, you’ll need to engage cleaning and [...]

 
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December 26, 2017

Rent to Own: Is it an Option?

Rent-to-own is an alternative to the traditional agreement between home buyers and sellers. Typically, a buyer presents an offer. Once accepted, the payment, settlement, and new ownership takes place. Lease-to-own, or ‘rent-to-own’, does not follow this process. Instead, it allows a renter to become the buyer. This is done through another type of contract agreed upon by the two parties.

What is Rent-to-Own?

The details of a rent-to-own may vary. Usually, the term refers to a scenario where the owner promises to sell their property to the tenant for a specific price, within a certain period of time.

To this end, some contracts do not obligate the tenant to [...]

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