Quiz: How Much Do You Love Your Home?

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Your life changes over time: new relationships, new jobs, new hobbies. Sometimes, you can make changes to your home to adapt to your lifestyle – but sometimes you can’t. And the hardest part? Knowing when to let go. Take our quiz to find out your relationship status – with your living space. How Much Do You Love Your Home? You’re … Read More

Landlords Just Got a Big Tax Break

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Through a late provision added to the GOP tax plan last weekend, real estate investors may be on course for a multimillion-dollar tax break. The change would allow real estate investors to take advantage of a new break that provides a 20 percent deduction on taxable income for pass-through companies. A pass-through is a special type of corporate structure, popular … Read More

"Where Should I Keep My…?": Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas

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When you’re renting, square footage is something to be savored, not squandered. It’s hard enough finding a home for your everyday must-haves, let alone bulky, infrequently used, or offseason items like snowshoes,  pool toys, and holiday decorations. Whatever your hobby or collection, there’s an organizational hack to help you store it. Here are some clever storage tricks for six of the … Read More

Where Renting Pays: In These Markets, Owning Takes a While to Pencil Out

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The pressure to buy a house can be intense, particularly in markets where home values are skyrocketing. People appear to be making a mint on real estate, and renting – instead of buying your own home – can sometimes feel like standing still. But that’s not necessarily the case. It takes more than two years before buying the typical U.S. … Read More

Rental Affordability Is Worst in Minority Communities

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Housing has become less affordable for all renters since 2011 as rent appreciation greatly outpaced income growth. But for renters living in predominately black or Hispanic neighborhoods, the situation is decidedly worse. New data shows that, on average, residents of predominantly white neighborhoods spend 30.7 percent of their income on rent, in line with the generally accepted standard of 30 … Read More

5 Predictions for Renters and Home Buyers in 2017

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If you’re a renter, you (and your bank account) probably know this already: Over the past decade, rents have been going up. And up. In many parts of the country, in fact, rents have been increasing at a faster rate than home values. The good news? The rate of growth has gradually slowed since its peak in July 2015, according … Read More

Portrait of a Long-Term Renter: Crossing Generational Divides

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For many Americans, owning a home is a rite of passage. But not everyone puts homeownership on their priority list. Long-term renters (those who have been renting for more than one year) are opting out of the home-buying game for a variety of reasons, from a desire for mobility to simply not being able to afford a home purchase. It’s not just twenty-somethings … Read More

America's Most Competitive Renters: Why Many Are Choosing to Rent

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For decades, satisfying the American Dream meant homeownership. Many expected to graduate from school, get hitched, have babies and purchase a house. Bam. Dream fulfilled. But for some millennials who came of age right around the time of the Great Recession, their vision of success has changed. Over the last several years, nearly all new household formations have been renters. In fact, … Read More

The Cost of Off-Campus Rent at Top Colleges

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Which university costs more: Harvard, Yale or MIT? It’s relatively easy to compare tuition and even dorm fees — but off-campus housing costs are harder to pin down. They also can make a big difference in the tab for a higher education. In fact, 80 percent of the towns where elite colleges are located, based on U.S News & World Report’s … Read More

Millennial Side Hustle: Renting Out Your First Home

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Image via iStock Millennials are changing what it means to have “The American Dream.” Instead of children and houses we want tiny homes and to travel the world . Lifestyle aside, if you’re a millennial and considering buying your first home, there’s likely a long list of reasons why you want to do so: moving in with a partner or … Read More