3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big

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Got a small space in your home that you’re not sure what to do with? Or is your cramped apartment forcing you to get creative with your furniture arrangements? You’re not alone. Make your small room or living area fit your needs with clever solutions that will streamline your life and maximize your space. 1. Thoughtful paint choices Choosing the right paint … Read More

Roommate Relations: Making Smart Use of Shared Spaces

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Renting a home with other people can be stressful. But with careful planning and clear communication, living with others doesn’t have to lead to passive-aggressive notes and arguments. Whether you live with your sibling, your bestie or your significant other, try these tips for making smart use of those shared spaces. Closets What matters most when sharing closet space is … Read More

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