Rebecca Renner

Orlando, FL

Rebecca Renner is a journalist and fiction writer from Daytona Beach, Florida. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Tin House, The Paris Review and elsewhere. She is working on a novel.
50 Things to Toss When Moving (Or Just Because You Want to Declutter)
How to get rid of the things weighing you down while you move—without having to muster strong feelings about your toaster.
Nov 9, 2022
The 117 Best Moving Tips of All Time
Here’s an exhaustive list of tips to make sure your move is stress-free, less tiring, and actually sort of enjoyable(?).
Jun 28, 2021
The Cheap Home Item That Reminds Marie Kondo to “Live in the Moment”
If you’ve tried to tidy your home like Marie Kondo teaches in her Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” you might have felt like you were getting rid of way more stuff than you were adding. Even though the KonMari Method takes the minimalist approach to organization, that doesn’t mean it’s just about clearing out your junk drawer.Kondo also believes you should keep items that spark joy. But what if you don’t have many?
Jan 9, 2020
35 Things You Don't Need to Own As a Renter
One of the best things about renting is that a lot of things are done for you.
Dec 19, 2019
7 Easy Landscaping Moves to Up Your Curb Appeal This Season
Make your property shine—and attract more buyers.
Nov 20, 2019
50 Cities Where You Can Actually Afford to Live Alone on a $45K Salary
Turns out, $1,125 actually goes a pretty long way in most states: In the top ten cheapest cities, you can score the average one-bedroom for $754 or less.
Nov 6, 2019
Experts Say to Never Use These Words When Selling Your Home
Much of real estate jargon is effectively meaningless and harmless, but experts say that a handful of other terms can actually convey negative things about your home.
Oct 11, 2019
The First 8 Things To Do If You Think You Might Have Bed Bugs
Instead of bugging out, follow these steps to make sure your home is bug-free and prevent the little pests from spreading.
Sep 24, 2019
7 Unsuspecting Places Bed Bugs Might Be Hiding in Your Home
Bed bugs don’t just live in your bed. If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, you might be unhappy to find that bed bugs can thrive just about anywhere. They have a soft spot for fluffy fabrics with lots of folds and cushy places to hide. But they also party in cracks in grout, under your box spring, and in your dresser drawers. In other words, almost nowhere is safe from these sneaky critters.
Sep 6, 2019
Bobby Berk Says This Is the Home Item You Should Always Splurge On
Interior designer Bobby Berk makes some major transformations on "Queer Eye." But even though the homes go through some huge overhauls on their way to changing their residents’ lives, he has a home tip that will improve your day, and is easy in comparison.
Aug 12, 2019
You Can Rent These 9 Homes from “Fixer Upper” to Get a Taste of Waco
Experience the couple’s legendary, empire-building style for yourself.
May 29, 2019
You Can Rent Reba McEntire’s Former 8-Bedroom Mansion for $3,000/Night
Want to live like Southern royalty? From its Antebellum columns to its picture-perfect views of Old Hickory Lake, this expansive mansion in Lebanon, Tennessee, is a dream retreat. And to sweeten the deal, this elegant abode was once the home of Reba McEntire, the true Queen of Country.This 12,816-square-foot lakefront home (known as The Estate at Cherokee Dock) comes with a dock for lake access that’s perfect for summer fun.
May 15, 2019
5 Cities Where Millennials Are Actually Finding Those Mythical “Starter Homes”
It’s no surprise that the American housing market is pretty inhospitable to first-time homebuyers: Not only have available “starter homes” (the least expensive third of houses on the market) decreased by 23.2 percent in the past five years, these homes are also gaining value with incredible speed—57.3 percent over half a decade. And while you might have heard that we’re set to swing into a buyer’s market soon (we are!
May 6, 2019
Look Inside: This 4,359-Square-Foot Home in Salt Lake City Is a Master Class in Simple Elegance
This elegant house in Salt Lake City is all about the details—and lots of space. 1533 E. Federal Heights Dr. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah $975,000 7 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms This chic, two-story home in the Salt Lake City suburbs not only looks like it’s fresh from a magazine photoshoot: It’s also big enough to raise a family, with plenty of room to spare.
Apr 29, 2019
You Can Rent The Mysterious Houdini Estate in Hollywood for $1.5K/Night
It sleeps up to 14 people, so you can take the whole crew and escape into a world of glamour and mystery.
Apr 23, 2019
Look Inside: A Mid-Century Modern Escape in New Mexico for $787,500
This stylish mid-century modern house is located in the hills overlooking Santa Fe, New Mexico. 912 Stagecoach Road Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico $787,500 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms With a design that mixes earthy and industrial materials with a sizable helping of airy desert hills light, this zen pad would be at home on the most fashionable design Instagram feed. High wood ceilings give rooms a natural touch.
Apr 22, 2019
You Can Rent Sonny and Cher’s Groovy Los Angeles Home for $250/Night
If you and your partner are looking for a quiet getaway with a chic ’70s twist, take a page out of Sonny and Cher’s songbook, and rent their former home on Vrbo. The airy, modern pad is great for a retreat close to the glamorous Hollywood scene. But Sonny and Cher’s classic L.A.
Apr 20, 2019
You Can Rent Claude Monet’s French Country Home For $250/Night
If you’re an artist, or you just want a dose of inspiration and French country je ne sais quoi, you don’t have to become an expat to do it. This quiet rental in Normandy offers a retreat for backpackers and families alike. Oh, and the house was once owned by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. He’s kind of a big deal. The owners call this picturesque rental The Blue House, because the shutters are a striking shade of robin’s egg blue.
Apr 3, 2019
The 10 Best Places to Live If You Hate Driving
Driving to work can eat up your time, stress you out, and pollute the air. Worse, owning a car gets expensive. But in many cities across the U.S., you don’t have much of a choice—but some places allow you to sit back and let a bus, train, subway, or streetcar take you where you need to go. Some of the best places for those that don’t want to drive? New York, New York; Union City, New Jersey; and San Francisco, California, says Redfin’s 2019 Transit Score report.
Mar 31, 2019
The Best Time to Put Your Home on the Market, in Every Metro Area
Watching your house sit while it’s on the market can be a real drag. So maybe you’ve been hesitant to list yours. Well, now might be the time if you live in the New York metro area, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, or another major city. The first week of April is a real estate market sweet spot where high buyer demand, low competition, speedy sales, and strong prices come together to give sellers who list a major wallet win. Don’t believe it? We’ll show you the numbers.
Mar 28, 2019
Here’s the Real Difference Between an IRA, 401(k), Roth IRA, and a Roth 401(k)
You’re set to start saving for your future. You already put money aside for retirement every month, but you’re probably already wondering how you should invest it. Which type of retirement savings account is best for you? Should you start a 401(k), an IRA, a Roth 401(k), or a Roth IRA? What even are the differences? What about if your first home is your savings priority right now?
Mar 16, 2019
Enjoy Renting Because Homeownership Really Does Suck Up All Your Cash
You saved up that down payment—and those extra closing costs. The furniture has been bought and the rooms have been painted. You’ve sent the movers a deposit and even paid your first mortgage payment! You’re past the most stressful financial part of homeownership, right? Not so fast. A large portion of American homeowners say they’re still facing financial anxiety—even after move-in day.
Feb 28, 2019
The Worst Savings Advice Experts Have Ever Heard
Even if you’ve just started to save for a big purchase like a home or for retirement, you’ve probably already run into plenty of bad advice. Everyone, especially your family, seems to have an opinion on where your hard-earned money should go. But not everyone knows what they’re talking about. (Sorry, Nana!) Luckily, five money experts weigh in on the worst savings advice they’ve ever heard.
Feb 21, 2019
6 Helpful Decluttering Tips, According to People Who Have Moved 10+ Times
When you move a lot, you tend to reflect on all of your stuff a little more often than the average person. If you’ve been living in the same space for years—or decades—your trinkets give you a sense of stability and ownership. But when you’re paying movers by the hour, all that extra stuff starts losing its sentimental charm and instead can look like expensive dead weight. I know this firsthand—I’ve moved 12 times in the past 10 years.
Feb 16, 2019
The Best Free Credit Score Sites, According to Experts
Checking your credit score regularly is smart, especially if you’re planning to buy a home. You shouldn’t have to pay for a monitoring service to help you keep your credit on track, either. Fortunately, you can choose from a variety of free credit score sites and apps to keep tabs on your numbers. But with so many options, which is the best? By law, you’re entitled to view your credit report once a year on annualcreditreport.
Jan 17, 2019
How to Help Your Credit Score Bounce Back from Holiday Purchases
Now that we’re settled in the New Year, you may have noticed that your credit score has taken a hit after some overly joyous holiday spending. You’re not the only one: A recent report from Marcus by Goldman Sachs says almost half of the U.S. (48 percent) carries a balance or goes into credit card debt over the holidays due to travel, entertaining, and gift costs. While this can make for an exciting holiday season, it usually leaves our wallets—and credit scores—hurting.
Jan 12, 2019
Experts Predict 2019 Real Estate Will Be a Buyer’s Market (Finally!)
Looking to buy a home? 2019 may be your year. According to a new report from CoreLogic, experts predict that this year’s real estate market may swing in favor of buyers. What is causing this shift isn’t necessarily news to potential homeowners: again, it’s a story of increasing home prices and rising interest rates. However, it seems like these factors are finally hitting the market hard enough to cause a change. Over the last several years, home prices have steadily increased.
Jan 5, 2019
How to Improve Your Credit Score in 30 Days or Less
I'd managed to raise my credit score 30 points, and snagged a mortgage approval letter from my credit union. These experts agree with me.
Dec 16, 2018
How I Bought a Home on My $37K Teacher’s Salary
I started my first teaching gig only a few months after finishing college. At first, I was thoroughly unprepared, but two years later, I was confident enough to land a coveted job teaching English at one of the best high schools in the county—a 30-minute drive south of my grubby apartment in Daytona Beach, Florida. After a few too many days of dragging myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to beat traffic, I decided I had to move closer to the school in New Smyrna Beach.
Oct 13, 2018