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December 14, 2016

Virtual Rent Hunting: What to Know Before You Search for Your Next Rental

Looking for a new place to rent? Only fools rush in. Read these tips to avoid common mistakes people make when renting a home.
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November 28, 2016

How To Be a Landlord in Your Own Home

Renting a room in your home is a great way to earn extra passive income. However, there are potential pitfalls. Make sure you know the laws in your area.
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November 25, 2016

Reasons Your Second Home Should Be a Mobile Home

Are you ready to take the plunge and purchase a vacation home? Perhaps you might be considering a mobile home. The purchase of a mobile home may be less conventional than what you’ve experienced in the past so it’s important to consider some of the benefits.
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September 23, 2016

11 Questions First-Time Renters Should Ask

Renting your first apartment ranks among the best days of your life. It signifies freedom, responsibility, and adulthood. It’s not a dorm room; it’s your place. But before you go signing a lease, here are 11 questions you need to ask the landlord first.

What utilities are there, and who pays them?

Most apartments cover trash pickup and water, but you’re on your own for electric and gas. However, some apartments do have water meters, and you’re responsible for all the utilities. Water can add from $50 to $500 to monthly costs, so make sure you (1) ask who pays the water and sewage and (2) call the local utility company to get the average water use and cost for the apartment [...]

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September 13, 2016

Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Taking Care of Your Home: What to Check When Buying or Renting

Buying or renting your first new home or apartment can be both exciting and scary. Most parents don’t think to involve their children when they’re in the middle of shopping for a new place to live and so for many of us, we’re on our own when it comes time to find our own place for the first time. However you aren’t really alone. Guides like this one can be a valuable resource, but don’t forget to rely on your realtor as well. They have likely been involved in more purchases and sales than you’ll ever see in your lifetime, and their goal is to find you a place to live that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

That said, it never hurts to be prepared so that you know what you [...]

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September 12, 2016

Top Questions Landlords Can’t Ask

Landlords have a bad enough reputation without asking illegal questions of potential tenants or homebuyers. But that doesn’t mean some of them won’t ask them anyway. That’s why it’s important to know your rights before renting or buying.

Your rights as a homebuyer or renter are all covered in The Fair Housing Act, (FHA). This 1968 Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. In mortgage lending, for instance, no one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability):

Refuse to make a mortgage loan Refuse to provide information [...]
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August 18, 2016

5 Things to Look for When You’re Renting Off-Campus Student Housing

Ready for a new living environment this year at school? Before you start your search for off-campus student housing, be sure to check out these helpful tips.
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July 8, 2016

Sublet Nightmares: Don’t Let These Stories Happen to You

Subletting your apartment or home can be a disaster if you’re not careful. Here are some horror stories and tips on how to prevent subletting nightmares.
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