Liz Steelman's Recent Articles
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This Is How Much The Average Millennial Spends in a Day
Turns out, millennials aren’t spending all their money on that infamous avocado toast. However, they are a lot more spendy than all other living generations. According to a new analysis from GOBankingRates, millennials spend $208.77 each day, on average—about $44 more than the average American, who spends about $164.55.
Mar 23, 2019
I Thought I Hated This Piece of IKEA Furniture, But Now I Miss It Every Day
Last year, I decided it was time to get new bedroom furniture. Up until then, all of my furniture had been inherited from people I subletted from or friends leaving New York. While all the pieces were fine and functional, together they were creating a disheveled vibe. I craved cohesion. One of the things I was most eager to replace was a IKEA LEKSVIK Semainier dresser. It had five medium-sized drawers and a small hutch on top.
Mar 21, 2019
This $2.95M Home Used to Be a Library and, Wow, I’ve Never Wanted Anything More
A day ago, if you would have asked me about my dream home, I would have said something very vague and mentioned the words “glass,” “mid-century modern,” and maybe even, “Actually, don’t tell anyone but I kind of loved the house Eleanor lived in on ‘The Good Place?'” But that has all changed now that I have become aware of this house in Rockport, Massachusetts, that is now on the market for $2,950,000.
Mar 13, 2019
The Real Life-Changing Magic Happened After I Finally Tidied Up
I have a confession to make: I haven’t watched “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.” But that’s mostly because I don’t watch anything. Watching the newest show right when Netflix releases it seems like a waste of my brain energy when I would rather be thinking about Henry Cavill’s Mission: Impossible-Fallout mustache or that Chrissy Teigen Instagram post of John Legend on vacation slowly rocking Miles in his swimsuit when she asks “Can you do GIFs on a video?
Mar 8, 2019
45 Percent of People Don’t Know Who Pays Their Real Estate Agent—Do You?
Buying a home is expensive. Selling a home is expensive. This is common knowledge. Something I recently learned is not common knowledge? Just who pays the buyer’s real estate agent once a house sells (and who pays the seller’s, too). It’s likely you haven’t really thought about this ever. For expediency’s sake, the answer is “the seller.” Yes, the seller pays their listing agent and the buyer agent’s commission.
Mar 6, 2019
These Are The Most Popular Listings on Trulia This Month
I spend entirely too much of my free time looking at real estate listings—even though looking at them is a good chunk of what I get paid to do here! But even though I know what I’m looking for, even I get lost clicking through dream homes: “I should move to Detroit and buy this $20,000 fixer upper!” or “If I save now, I can totally can afford this $2 million apartment in Brooklyn by the time I’m 30!
Jan 31, 2019
There Are Only 4 Cities in the U.S. Where A Studio Is Actually Cheaper Than a One-Bedroom
If you’ve been patting yourself on the back for living minimally in a studio apartment in the hopes of squirreling away a couple of hundreds of dollars every month for a down payment sometime in the future, brace yourself: I hate to break it to you, but you might actually be losing money. At least according to a new analysis from HotPads, a Zillow company that focuses on apartment searches, the median price for a one-bedroom apartment in most cities is actually cheaper than a studio.
Jan 31, 2019
The Smart Savings Trick I Learned From My Mom
My dad was frequently unemployed while I was growing up. When he had a job as a software salesman, things were pretty bountiful in our household: We’d go on vacation, build a playhouse, have another sibling join the family, etc. But it always seemed that right after we’d get used to living in “boom times,” he’d get laid off. And since my mom chose to stay home and homeschool us, there wasn’t money coming in when my dad wasn’t working.
Jan 25, 2019
Jon Glaser Loved His First Apartment So Much, He Teared Up Just Thinking About It
Welcome to My First Apartment! Whether it’s your first studio, a four-bedroom deep in the city shared with a handful of roommates, or even an entire house (lucky you!), there’s something special about moving into the first place that’s truly your own. In this series, we’ll showcase actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond—asking them to revisit that oh-so-sweet nostalgia of newly-found freedom.
Jan 9, 2019
Your Debt May Not Be a Mortgage Dealbreaker After All
Hamilton and Burr. Kanye and Drake. Freshly brushed teeth and orange juice. These are pairs never to be mixed. And generally one would say that debt and homeownership are one of these mutually exclusive pairs—but that may be changing, says a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Jan 8, 2019
Jordin Sparks’s First Apartment Was a Real Lesson in Adulting
Welcome to My First Apartment! Whether it’s your first studio, a four-bedroom deep in the city shared with a handful of roommates, or even an entire house (lucky you!), there’s something special about moving into the first place that’s truly your own. In this series, we’ll showcase actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond—asking them to revisit that oh-so-sweet nostalgia of newly-found freedom.
Dec 22, 2018
What a Survivor of the Woolsey Fire Wants You to Know
This has been the most destructive wildfire season on record in California. At time of writing, the Camp Fire in Northern California was fully contained and had burned more than 150,000 acres, killing 88 people with nearly 158 people unaccounted for. To the south, the Woolsey Fire, also 100 percent contained, burned nearly 10,000 acres and killed three people—rain is expected to now hit the area, bringing with it possible mudslides.
Dec 5, 2018
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Rachel Brosnahan’s First Apartment Was Admittedly Unmarvelous
Welcome to My First Apartment! Whether it’s your first studio, a four-bedroom deep in the city shared with a handful of roommates, or even an entire house (lucky you!), there’s something special about moving into the first place that’s truly your own. In this series, we’ll showcase actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond—asking them to revisit that oh-so-sweet nostalgia of newly-found freedom. “The Marvelous Mrs.
Dec 5, 2018
The Salary You’d Need to Own the “Friends” Apartment
If you’re like me, you’re probably spending the holiday weekend indulging in the ultimate Thanksgiving tradition: Marathoning the “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes. Amid lost toes, shepherd’s pie trifle, and The Geller Cup, you might be marveling at that marvelous purple apartment.
Nov 21, 2018
Kate Beckinsale’s First Apartment Was “Cozy, Cheap, and Terrifying”
Welcome to My First Apartment! Whether it’s your first studio, a four-bedroom deep in the city shared with a handful of roommates, or even an entire house (lucky you!), there’s something special about moving into the first place that’s truly your own. In this series, we’ll showcase actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond—asking them to revisit that oh-so-sweet nostalgia of newly-found freedom.
Nov 17, 2018
11 Amazing Home-Centric Charities That Need Your Help This National Philanthropy Day
If you didn’t know, today is National Philanthropy Day (November 15)—a 30-plus year-old annual celebration of all those who devote their lives’ work to helping others. While you might not need a holiday to be philanthropic, today is a good reminder to give back. If you need some ideas on organizations doing important and needed work, I’ve asked some of my coworkers, favorite real estate sources, and even our founder, for their favorite home-centric nonprofits.
Nov 15, 2018
The Property Brothers Predict Gen Z Will Be Over Tiny Homes, Too
If millennials are a confusing demographic, wait until Gen Z grows up a little bit. I’ve read a couple of head-scratching studies predicting their intro into the real estate market—one predicted that 83 percent of Gen Z planned to purchase a home within the next five years, and another said that the group is twice as likely to start saving for a home by age 25—even when only about 18 percent are expecting family financial assistance for the big purchase.
Nov 13, 2018
How Amazon’s HQ2 Announcement Could Affect Your Rent
According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon will soon announce that their long-awaited HQ2—home to 50,000 new jobs—will be built in not one, but two metro areas: Crystal City, Virginia—in the D.C. metro area; and Long Island City (LIC), Queens—in New York City. As a New Yorker (albeit a Brooklynite), this news wasn’t super exciting. I know by now that a new hot tech headquarters means more people and higher rent prices.
Nov 13, 2018
Genevieve Gorder’s First Apartment Was a DIY-Lover’s Dream
Welcome to My First Apartment! Whether it’s your first studio, a four-bedroom deep in the city shared with a handful of roommates, or even an entire house (lucky you!), there’s something special about moving into the first place that’s truly your own. In this series, we’ll showcase actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond—asking them to revisit that oh-so-sweet nostalgia of newly-found freedom. To say that Genevieve Gorder is captivating is an understatement.
Nov 8, 2018
The Best Place to Live If You’re Not a Fan of Budgeting
Budgeting can be pretty hard—especially on a measly income. And some places, it’s nearly impossible to live a full life on your income alone—so you’re likely to slip into debt to pay the bills. Though it’s not ideal, for many it’s just the way it is. But in other places, it’s much, much easier—like in San Jose, California.
Nov 7, 2018
The Best Metro Area for Millennials, According to Statistics
As the millennial job market becomes mobile, many twenty- and thirty-somethings are looking outside the big cities for places to settle down. If you haven’t been keeping score like I am, the Midwest is proving itself to be an increasingly attractive option with up-and-coming cities that offer millennials the lifestyle they’re searching for—and the price they want to pay.
Nov 5, 2018
The Majority of Renters Don’t Vote—Here’s Why
Feel like, as a renter, the world swings in favor of homeowners? Well, it just might. A new study by Apartment List found that renters are vastly underrepresented in American politics on both the local and national levels. Though some of it is systematic, some also comes from being disengaged. In the 2016 presidential election, while 67 percent of homeowners voted, only 49 percent of renters did.
Nov 2, 2018
The Best Small Cities to Move to (If You Love Your Non-Work Life)
In cities with a remarkably high cost of living, it’s likely that life requires you to work 45-plus hours a week and pull a side hustle. While some people love to practically live at work, most strive for that elusive perfect work-life balance. And then there are even some who strive for less work and more life.
Oct 31, 2018
Why You Should Go to IKEA Before You Even Start Packing
Every IKEA teems with last-minute movers the first and third weekends of the month—it’s just a fact. And if you are like me, you also probably accept as fact that if you’re moving, you are going to have to do an IKEA run the moment after the movers leave.
Oct 29, 2018
The Salary You’d Need to Afford Each State’s Most Expensive House
If you were planning on winning the lottery and buying yourself a totally elaborate multi-million dollar mansion… all I can say is I’m sorry. (In full disclosure, I did win… $2.) But the time you spent swimming through listings and the feelings you felt for that perfect mansion don’t have to go to waste, right? Is it really so far-fetched that you could one day afford to live there?
Oct 26, 2018
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These Sheets Are Reasonably Priced and Ridiculously Luxe
There are times when a bedroom refresh needs the whole package: paint, furniture, rugs, everything. But there are other times when a bedroom refresh just needs a little lift in its design. For those cases, a new set of linens that fits into your existing personal style but also adds some new decorating opportunities can go a long way. And that’s why I’m particularly enamored with Brooklinen.
Oct 18, 2018
These Tiny Houses on Wheels Are Serious Small Space Inspo
Living minimally gives you a certain freedom. When you don’t have all that stuff holding you down, why not take advantage of a living situation that allows you to take that liberty just one step further? Tiny homes on wheels are the perfect homestead for those looking to live without all that comes with a literal foundation. Find inspiration from these eight tiny homeowners living their dreams in an organized, stylish, untethered tiny home on wheels.
Oct 16, 2018
4 Credit Score Raising Tips, From Members of the 800+ Club
Fact: The majority of people don’t have amazing credit. In fact, the median credit score, according to Experian, is only “good,” the average score hitting 700. But some people do blast their way into 800 territory—a tier known as “exceptional.
Oct 12, 2018
The $6 Gift I’m Sending Literally Everyone for Everything
Let’s start this off by saying I don’t usually send cards to people. I like to think I’m a gracious, considerate person—but I’ll be the first to admit I’ve forgotten to send my own thank you notes on more than one occasion (more like every single freaking time!). Hey, when you don’t have your mom nagging you every day for the month after your First Communion, it’s easy to forget that displaying gratitude is something you should prioritize.
Oct 11, 2018
The Credit Score Raising Hack You Need to Know About
So your credit score is less than perfect and you’re doing everything in your power to improve it. The bills are paid on time and you’re only charging about $20 on your credit card every month (because the limit is only $500!). But, even with all of this, your credit doesn’t seem to budge more than a few points because your bills aren’t tied to your credit or you have just one measly credit card.
Sep 23, 2018
What ‘House Hunters’ Gets Wrong About What Most People Want
If you’ve watched a lot of “House Hunters,” it seems that everyone wants an open concept layout, marble countertops, walk-in closets, and an extra bedroom (or two) for when kids happen sometime in the future. But surprisingly, the most important feature to both house and apartment dwellers never appears on the featured wish lists. According to a new survey from Porch.
Sep 11, 2018
Want A Big Yard? Move Here
If there’s one home amenity that frequently tops a house hunter’s wish list, it’s a big yard. And though you might have had a mammoth half-acre backyard to play in, your kids (and pets) will have less room to grow—especially if you’re buying a newly-built home. According to a new analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), via data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual Survey of Construction, yards are growing smaller and smaller every year.
Sep 6, 2018
The One Thing All Your Smartest Friends Remember to Do When Moving
​I have a cautionary moving tale for you that (thankfully) didn’t happen to me.
Aug 30, 2018
This Is When the Housing Market Will Favor Buyers
If you haven’t been furiously refreshing Zillow for the past couple of months, here’s a bit of news for you: It’s a seller’s market right now. Even if you’re not pining over a dream home currently, you might know that, well, because the thought of buying a home hasn’t even popped into your head anytime recently.
Aug 29, 2018
A Colorful, Twee NYC Apartment Any Auteur Would Love
If you close your eyes and imagine graphic wallpapers, footed tubs, flora-filled door frames, there’s a new dream real estate listing you have to see: A New York City co-op so deliciously twee, we’re surprised it hasn’t been designed by Adam Stockhausen. Everything about this $2.95 million one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath apartment is a perfect blend of daintiness and opulence.
Aug 26, 2018
The $4 Amazon Buy That Lets Me Redecorate Whenever I Want
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I am very cheap, non-committal, and capricious, so making things look good on the first time around is very hard for me. We also all know by now that I’m “redesigning” my itty bitty Brooklyn bedroom—which will probably be a work in progress for the next 20 years of my life—in a style that can only be described as Scandinavian hoarder (a.k.a.
Aug 23, 2018
Melora Hardin’s First Apartment Was As Charming As She Is
Welcome to My First Apartment! Whether it’s your first studio, a four-bedroom deep in the city shared with a handful of roommates, or even an entire house (lucky you!), there’s something special about moving into the first place that’s truly your own. In this series, we’ll showcase actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond—asking them to revisit that oh-so-sweet nostalgia of newly-found freedom.
Aug 22, 2018
A Sleek L.A. Condo Built with Your Millennial Dreams In Mind
This L.A. apartment is a millennial’s dream come true: It’s perfectly located, doesn’t skimp on the amenities, and provides plenty of room to grow.
Aug 20, 2018
5 Moving Essentials to Buy at the Dollar Store
Over Fourth of July Weekend, I was running errands with my mom while visiting in suburban Chicago, Illinois. We headed to the Dollar Tree (also known as her and my grandma’s “favorite store”) because she wanted to pick up some plates she had been longing after. Bless my mother for practicing the “only buy if you think about it after you leave the store” trick even at Dollar Tree.
Aug 19, 2018
Still Don’t Know Who Shawn Mendes Is? This Real Estate Agent Is Here to Help
At first, the real estate agent page for ​Karen Rayment looks like your standard sales representative page, but scroll down and you'll find she has "Particular Taste" in music.
Aug 8, 2018
Zillow Now Lets You Apply For Apartments and Pay Your Rent
Applying for an apartment is hard. First you have to find one that’s moderately nice and within your price range, and then you have to get all of your documents together really, really fast. This would be easy if you were organized and had time set away to sort through your papers. But this is life and we’re not as organized as we’d like to be; it’s likely that you have a job and thus have limited time to collect your bank statements from the last six months.
Jul 31, 2018
Jojo Fletcher’s First Apartment Was a Pizza Lover’s Dream Come True
Welcome to My First Apartment! Whether it’s your first studio, a four-bedroom deep in the city shared with a handful of roommates, or even an entire house (lucky you!), there’s something special about moving into the first place that’s truly your own. In this series, we’ll showcase actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond—asking them to revisit that oh-so-sweet nostalgia of newly-found freedom.
Jul 28, 2018
Here’s How New Girl’s Hannah Simone Spent Move-in Night In Her First Apartment
Welcome to My First Apartment! Whether it’s your first studio, a four-bedroom deep in the city shared with a handful of roommates, or even an entire house (lucky you!), there’s something special about moving into the first place that’s truly your own. In this series, we’ll showcase actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond—asking them to revisit that oh-so-sweet nostalgia of newly-found freedom.
Jul 11, 2018
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Millennials Buying Houses
Who had it worse when buying homes: the Boomers or Millennials? It might be a topic that makes Thanksgiving dinner tenuous, but now the argument has an answer. Well, sort of. According to a new report, home-ownership is technically cheaper than it was in the 1980s, but today it’s currently harder than ever to afford a home.
Jun 21, 2018
Is It Better to Pay Down Your Mortgage Faster or Invest?
A couple of weeks ago, we suggested “3 Totally Doable Mortgage Hacks That Could Save You Thousands,” which delved into the money you can save on interest by spending a little bit more money towards your principal over the scope of your home loan.
Jun 21, 2018