Real Estate and Homeownership

Your home is likely to be one of your biggest assets during your lifetime, as such, it is included here. However, this section also covers the broad area of renting, real estate investing, homeownership, home buying and selling, home renovation, and mortgages. Additionally, check out related articles in these sections: savings, investing, and financial planning.

Real Estate and Homeownership is a subsection of asset management.

What Credit Score Do You Need to Buy a House?

What Credit Score Do You Need to Buy a House?

For many, buying a home is still considered an important part of the American Dream. Even following the real estate crash, many still want to purchase homes. The idea of “owning” a residence still exerts a […]

When to Hire a Property Management Company

When to Hire a Property Management Company

One of the decisions that a homeowner might be faced with when moving is this: sell the home, or rent it out? Even if you aren’t facing that decision, you might be interested in getting started […]

How to Find a Good Tenant for Your Rental Property

How to Find a Good Tenant for Your Rental Property

One of the ways that you can generate income is to rent out a property. However, there are a lot of challenges to being a landlord. You have a lot of responsibilities, and they can be […]

Should You Finance Your Rental Property Purchase or Pay Cash?

Should You Finance Your Rental Property Purchase or Pay Cash?

I am currently in the process of buying a rental property and one of the questions that came up was: is it better to buy a rental house with cash, or is it better to take […]

The Cost of Buying and Selling a Home

The Cost of Buying and Selling a Home

When it comes to the costs of homeownership, most of us tend to focus on monthly payment and the size of the needed down payment. Sometimes, the cost of repairs and maintenance will come into the […]

DIY Projects: Should You Do It Yourself?

DIY Projects: Should You Do It Yourself?

The idea of doing something yourself is an attractive one. You can save money by taking matters into your own hands. However, before you decide that it’s the best idea to do it yourself, consider whether […]

Cleaning Out: The “Have I Used This in 12 Months?” Philosophy

Cleaning Out: The “Have I Used This in 12 Months?” Philosophy

Clutter seems to just… happen, doesn’t it? One day your home is new, you’ve just moved in. Everything is perfect. You unpack your belongings, put everything just so, and ta-da! Your home is decorated, organized, and great. You […]

How to Rent Your Home in Another State

How to Rent Your Home in Another State

When you purchase a home you make a mental judgment about how long you plan to live there. If the time frame is relatively short — just a few years — it normally doesn’t make sense […]

4 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

4 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

A 15 or 30 year mortgage is a long time to be paying on the same bill. Even with interest rates at historic lows, a 30 year mortgage will charge you almost 100% of the home’s […]

What to do When Your Home Appraisal Comes in Low

What to do When Your Home Appraisal Comes in Low

Imagine you’ve been saving money for the down payment on your first home. You and your significant other have been watching the listings like anxious hawks. Your real estate agent has begrudgingly put up with showing you […]

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