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As apartment vacancies drop, rents rise

Jul 5, 2012
Apartment buildings are fuller than they’ve been in a decade. Rents are at record highs. Houses are relatively cheap, but loans are elusive.
Posted In: Housing, rent vs. buy, rent

The key to homeownership

May 30, 2012
Taken altogether, housing market indicators suggest the collapse is over.
Posted In: home, rent, home ownership

Study says Americans prefer walkable neighborhoods

May 29, 2012
New research from the Brookings Institution says Americans will pay up to $1,500 more in rent every month to live in a "walkable" neighborhood -- say, a place near their dry cleaners or grocery store or favorite restaurant.
Posted In: Housing, Suburban Living, rent, cities

Renting vs. owning

May 23, 2012
An underappreciated factor behind the recent gains in the housing market is higher rents.
Posted In: rent, homeownership, Housing

A 'natural rate' of homeownership

May 15, 2012
At 65.4 percent, we may be closing in on a "natural rate" of homeownership for the economy and society.
Posted In: home, homeownership, homeownership rate, rent

The risks of buying with no money down

May 1, 2012
I recently was accepted to grad school, and my wife and I will be moving from Michigan to New Mexico. We are having a debate as to whether we should buy a home. After I finish my degree, I would like the freedom to leave New Mexico, if necessary, without having to worry about selling a home. My wife doesn't like the idea of paying rent and getting nothing back from it. Any and all advice would be much appreciated.
Posted In: home, homeownership, rent, student loans, Graduate school, mortgage

How much rent is reasonable

Apr 18, 2012
I just landed a job in Los Angeles and will be looking to rent starting in July. How much of my income is wise to spend on rent? Am I allowed to increase that number for a place like L.A., where rent is so expensive? Also, I only plan to be there for a year or so, so is it unreasonable for me to spend an extra couple hundred a month to live on the beach and take advantage of being single with my first job out of college? Sam, Athens, GA
Posted In: rent, apartments

Experiment before picking up stakes

Apr 17, 2012
I'll be retiring in a few months and my husband is already retired. We are thinking of selling our home in Florida and moving to California to be closer to our children and grandchildren, who live in Los Angeles. Another option might be to keep the house in Florida, buy an RV and camp out in an RV park in California until we wear out our welcome. What are some of the pitfalls that we should try to avoid? Nancy, Milton, FL
Posted In: Retirement, retirement savings, move, rent, family finances

A home and a margin of safety

Apr 16, 2012
My boyfriend and I both currently work full-time and are in school. He's working toward an associate degree and I'm working on a master's. When we both finish, in the spring of 2014, we'll be qualified for much better-paying jobs. We're also planning on getting married between now and then and starting a family once one or both of us has found new employment. We weren't planning to buy a home any time soon, but I recently inherited $40,000. My question is, how do you know that you're ready to take the plunge? Leah, Ypsilanti, MI
Posted In: home, home ownership, rent, Inheritance

Wall Street firms may rent out Fannie foreclosures

Mar 19, 2012
Some of Wall Street's biggest firms want to bid on pools of foreclosed properties being sold by Fannie Mae to rent them out. What does that mean for investors and how might it affect homeowners?
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Housing, foreclosures, rent

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