Are These The Best Outdoorsy Places to Live on a Budget?Real Estate
Staying fit and finding that ever-elusive work/life balance shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, so one real estate website set out to find the best outdoorsy cities in America that are still affordable for active citizens. recently released this top five list of active places where the average American can still actually afford to live and be close to natural wonders and outdoor living attractions but without going above the median home price.
3 Things Investing Newbies Should Know About REITsReal Estate
Also known as real estate investment trusts.
Jun 22, 2022
See How a Dark Basement Became a Cheerful WFH Spot on a Tight Budget
Peep the before and after photos.
Mar 16, 2021
3 Things Home Experts Say You Should Always Buy UsedReal Estate
Consider architectural salvage your salvation.
Oct 22, 2020
Home Stagers Pick 6 Items to Upgrade Your Bedroom for Less Than $5Real Estate
Never underestimate the power of a tufted throw pillow.
Dec 16, 2019
6 Easy Ways to Make Your Living Room Look More ExpensiveReal Estate
Real estate pros reveal their secrets to making any space look more elevated.
Dec 6, 2019
5 Unexpected Goodwill Finds for First-Time HomebuyersReal Estate
Don't sleep on your local Goodwill.
Nov 21, 2019
The First Apartment Checklist: Things to Buy Now, Things to Buy LaterReal Estate
Because you won't be buying a whole house full of furniture in one fell swoop — and really, where's the fun in that anyway?
Nov 20, 2019
The Smart Savings Trick I Learned From My MomReal Estate
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
6 Ways to Save on Your Heating Bill This WinterReal Estate
Whether you have an economical heat pump or a decades-old oil burner, you’re probably looking for a way to cut your heating costs this winter (holiday gifts are so expensive!) The good news? It’s totally easy to keep warm (and on budget) with these expert tips: The first step to managing your energy spending is inspecting it, says Josh Prigge, founder of Sustridge, a sustainability consulting firm in Las Vegas, Nevada. For most people, that means checking your electric bill.
Dec 19, 2018
3 Things You Can Do Instead of Moving to a Bigger ApartmentReal Estate
Feeling like it’s time to size up your space? By all means, do it. But know that it’s going to likely require a bigger investment month-to-month, and probably drain your change right now as you scramble to pay for moving costs and the other expenses that inevitably creep up when you decide to pick up your roots and settle down in a new spot.
Oct 28, 2018
8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Clean Out Your Bank Account at the Closing TableReal Estate
Anyone who’s buying their first home has probably gotten used to stalking their bank accounts leading up to their closing making sure they’re beefing up their savings for a down payment and closing costs. According to Zillow, the median price of a home sold in America is $230,800. Putting 20 percent down on that home will cost you $46,160.
Oct 2, 2018
The Millennials Living at Home Are Laughing All the Way to the BankReal Estate
Millennials can’t do anything without there being some sort of stigma attached—they’ve been accused of killing everything from chain restaurants to doorbells, and they’re constantly being labeled lazy and wasteful, despite countless studies proving that that’s not necessarily the case.
Nov 9, 2017
Cost-of-Living Smackdown: New York City vs. PhiladelphiaReal Estate
Are you a New Yorker who has found yourself chatting with someone from a smaller city, only to discover that their rent is about what you spent on Seamless last month? Okay, an exaggeration (we hope) but it’s safe to say that the contrast between living expenses in New York and those in smaller “secondary” cities can be significant. Recently, Mercer’s Cost of Living survey determined that New York continues to be the most costly US city to live in.
Jul 29, 2017
Cost-of-Living Smackdown: Los Angeles vs. PhoenixReal Estate
Before you hop onto the roof of your car on the 405 and bust out some dance moves, we have some devastating news: Life in Los Angeles isn’t like a scene out of La-La Land. But that certainly doesn’t mean that the City of Angels is without merits. With almost four million residents, Los Angeles is a diverse metropolis that attracts people from every corner of the world in search of success, be it professional or personal.
Jul 28, 2017
Cost-of-Living Smackdown: San Francisco vs. SacramentoReal Estate
When you imagined yourself living in San Francisco, did you assume you’d be renting a palatial pad that looked like the Tanner residence on Full House? Of course! Then you probably arrived, only to discover that homes like that sell for over $4 million. You see, the fact is that San Francisco is one of the priciest U.S. cities to live in. There are plenty of reasons why people pony up major money to live in San Fran.
Jul 27, 2017
Only One Sharing Economy Side Hustle Earns People More Than $500 Per MonthReal Estate
The sharing economy promises the freedom to earn extra money on your own time and terms. Just how much money varies, but one platform makes its users far more cash than any other. San Francisco-based loan provider Earnest analyzed income on tens of thousands of loan applications to measure the impact of sharing economy work. They found that the average Uber driver makes $364 a month, while the average Lyft driver pulls in $377.
Jul 11, 2017
Can Solar Power Pay Off? One Homeowner Crunches Real NumbersReal Estate
Aside from the obvious benefit of helping the planet, solar power can be pretty enticing to homeowners who are tired of paying an arm and a leg for their electric bill every month. Given that outfitting a home with solar panels comes with considerable costs upfront, though, is doing so practical from a financial standpoint? Can solar power in fact pay off?
Jul 5, 2017
Why These New Yorkers Don’t Pay Rent (And How You Can Do It Too)Real Estate
Much like finding out your new boyfriend is actually the heir to the throne of a small European country, living a life without rent is something that most of us will only dream about. But there are actual, real, human people living that life—who eat, sleep and work in the five boroughs without spending their hard-earned cash on their apartment. How do they do it? They’ve managed to co-opt the conventional “hard-earned cash” equation and cut out the middle man.
May 28, 2017
Is It My Imagination, Or Is My Rent Really High?Real Estate
If the concept of rent being no more than 30% of your take-home (after tax) pay seems about as realistic as purple unicorns, you might be wondering why rent is so high anyway. In 2015, 11.8 million U.S. households spent half or more of their income on rent, and this figure is projected to increase, according to the Enterprise Resource Center and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.
Apr 12, 2016
7 Reasons Why Living in an Older Home Isn’t All Tall Ceilings & CharmReal Estate
The first thing my next door neighbor and I talked about on the stoop the day I moved in was how old the building actually is; he had heard it was built before the 1900s. A huge white house with an astounding six apartments held within, I fell in love the moment I walked inside my cozy 500-square-foot apartment with wood floors, a big white fireplace mantel and tall ceilings with thick molding.
Nov 9, 2015
Celebrate Your Freedom: 7 Reasons NOT to Buy a HomeReal Estate
While buying a home often seems like the mark of adulthood and stability, there are plenty of reasons home ownership is not all it’s cracked up to be. So whether you aren’t in a position to buy a home at this point or you just aren’t sure about taking the plunge, here are some reasons to celebrate your non-homeowner freedom. If you buy a home, get ready to take on the management and expense of every single thing that goes wrong.
Jul 20, 2015
How Much Rent Can You Really Afford?Real Estate
Knowing what you want in a rental apartment is pretty easy: space, location, storage, beautiful floors, light, etc. Finding all of those things within your budget can be a bit more difficult. But before you even start contemplating your rental possibilities, you should probably know what your budget is, and fortunately, this step isn’t all that difficult.
Mar 20, 2013