The New York City Apartments I’d Love to Buy if I Had a Spare 500K
Sometimes, when I feel like looking at beautiful things but also like being really depressed, I’ll search for real estate in New York. New York (especially Manhattan) is a real estate landscape like no other, with apartments that are essentially just tiny rooms regularly selling for half a million dollars or more. But if you look hard enough, you can, occasionally, find places that are quite desirable, and even (somewhat) affordable.
Mar 10, 2017
First Time Homebuyers On: What We Wish We Knew Before Buying
Before you’ve done something, it’s pretty hard to know what you don’t know. When it comes to the complicated, terrifying steps required to buy your first home, there’s a lot of opportunity to not know. First-time home buyers Tiffany and Alan Goldstein bought a cute, chic Austin bungalow — and learned a few things about buying a home in the process. Build a budget so you can set goals. If you can’t afford a home right now, don’t force it.
Feb 20, 2017
Sick of Renting? How One Couple Got Out of the Rental Game for Good
When Tasha and her husband Travis began the hunt for their first house, they each had different dream homes in mind. “He wanted a well-established neighborhood and land, I wanted to be urban and have a lot of character,” says Tasha. Compromise was inevitable, and thankfully, this house in Falcon Heights, Minnesota fit the bill for the couple. “In the end, the compromise was really the best for both of us.
Feb 17, 2017
How to Make Buying a Home a Less Stressful Experience
Looking forward to making one of the biggest, most exciting purchases of your life? Of course you are! Stressing about finding the perfect home at the perfect price at the perfect time for the biggest purchase of your life? Of course you are. A life event as monumental as buying a home will always come with a side of stress. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to make that stress a lot less.
Feb 17, 2017
A First-Time Home Buyer On: Things You Don’t Know Before You Buy
Anastassia Nelson loves the Tacoma neighborhood where she bought her first house. In the heart of her hometown, it’s close to both where she grew up and within walking distance to bars and a local coffee shop. “I targeted an area I was familiar with and that is also considered up-and-coming. I hope that in the end it will have great resale value when the day comes to move up to my next venture,” she writes. The scariest part was dealing with a huge life step.
Feb 10, 2017
Want to Buy Your First Home This Year? 4 Easy To-Do’s to Check Off Your List First
Buying a home is a big financial (and life!) step, and if you’ve never done it before, it can feel overwhelming. Diving straight into the murky waters of mortgage rates and median home prices can be scary, so doing a few little steps can help you rack up some easy wins and put you in a positive homebuyer headspace. Here are four super simple tasks that you can easily check off your list.
Jan 30, 2017
A First-Time Home Buyer On: Deciding to Buy a House in Your Twenties
Anastassia Nelson recently purchased a 925 square foot 1920s bungalow in Tacoma, Washington, and spent a year renovating the house into a stylish cottage full of vintage finds. And Ana was only 25 when she became a homeowner. Are you impressed? I’m 33 (not a homeowner) and very impressed. Ana was kind of enough to answer some questions about how she bought a home while still in her twenties, from how to know when she was ready to how long it took to save up for a down payment.
Jan 16, 2017
From the Credit Check to Getting the Keys: Answers for the Big First-Time Homebuying Questions
New to the home-buying process? If you’re ready to start looking for your dream home—or if you’re just looking to learn more about how buying a home works for the future—there’s a lot you’ll need to know. The process is long and can be as stressful and confusing as it is exciting.
Jan 5, 2017
7 Signs that Buying an Income Property Might Be the Right Choice for You
If you are considering purchasing a home, you have likely already read everything you can get your hands on espousing the pros and cons of owning your own home. Rent vs. Buy has become one of the big debates of our time, but what do you do if you are solidly on team Buy, but the numbers just don’t add up? Read on for signs that a small multifamily property (meaning a duplex, triplex or fourplex) may be an option for you.
Dec 22, 2016
Budget-Busting Red Flags to Look for When Buying an Older Home
Wooed by its close proximity to our favorite beach, my husband and I bought an older home in Charleston, SC, last spring. One year and tons of cash later, we’ve learned the hard way that it isn’t always the big, glaring problems with older homes that’ll bite you right in the butt—er, budget. In our experience, it’s the little red flags that sneak up and rob you blind before you can close the front door.
Oct 28, 2016
What Nobody Tells You About Buying Your First Home
As of about a month ago, I’m officially a homeowner. My husband and I laid claim to our own little corner of a building that used to be a pickle factory, and so far, it’s been both my greatest joy and the biggest source of stress I’ve ever encountered in my life. Most people only like to talk about that first part.
Jul 22, 2016
The Home Buying Process, According to Stock Photos
Do you find the home buying process mystifying and maybe a bit overwhelming? You’re not alone. Apparently stock photo sites don’t really get it either. So here’s a silly, but also hopefully informative, look at the home-buying process. First, you’ll want to check your credit to help determine how much of a loan you’ll be approved for. It’s easy, using the handy yellow “Credit Report” button on your laptop.
Jun 23, 2016
Is it Ever OK to Ask Friends How Much They Paid for Their Home?
My husband and I are in the process of saving for a house. We’re among the last of our friends to buy their first place and, since friends know we’re looking, we’re getting some great advice about home ownership. The people in our lives have been very forthcoming about their budgets and payments, something that’s tremendously helpful as we figure out exactly how much house we can afford.
Jun 30, 2015
First Time Homebuyer? 6 Essentials to Take With You On a House Hunt
Whether you’re looking for a home right now or plan to be on the hunt some time next year, don’t just stumble into a house hunt unprepared. While the process is exciting, there might be a few things you want to make sure you have on hand during the search so you can hunt for the home of your dreams smarter.
Jan 6, 2015
10 Things to Check Before You Buy a Home
We’ve learned the hard way that there are some very important things that should be checked before signing the papers to buy a new home. Of course, you’ll have a professional do an inspection and look over the place to make sure the home is termite and flood damage free, but these ten things fall into a different category; the immediate to-do list, which is something you may not want to be adding to right now.
Feb 4, 2014