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

Recognizing and addressing the problems of steep rent

Mar 6, 2012
The cost of rent in cities like L.A. or New York stands in the way of many people earning higher wages. Author Matthew Yglesias says the issue could be solved if cities loosen building regulations.
Posted In: rent, affordable housing, Housing

Not many apartments available to rent

Jan 5, 2012
The vacancy rate for apartment fell to its lowest since 2001 in the fourth quarter as more people rented. But mortgage rates are also falling, so will people choose buying over renting soon?
Posted In: rent, rent vs. buy, Housing

Inflation hits residential rents hard

Nov 16, 2011
Inflation isn't causing most Americans a problem at this point, but the prices of rental homes and apartments has risen in recent months.
Posted In: rent, Housing, inflation Every renter's dream come true

Mar 8, 2011
There's no gracious way to equally divide the rent. Inevitably, when sharing accommodations, someone will get the smaller room, the room next t...
Posted In: apartments, calculator, harvard, Housing, rent

MID-DAY UPDATE: Fannie and Freddie, commercial real estate, Jordanian tourism

Feb 9, 2011
The Mortgage Bankers Association this morning reported that applications for home mortgages dropped 5.5 percent last week. And the Wall Street...
Posted In: China, commercial real estate, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, mid-day update, mortgage, rent, tomatoes, Wall Street Journal, wheat

MIDDAY UPDATE: Renting, credit cards, and buzzwords

Dec 23, 2010
Today, Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics released a list of 55 U.S. organized according to how cost effective it is to rent a home, rather than buy....
Posted In: Credit Cards, credit rating, home prices, homeownership, homes, mid-day update, politics, rent

To rent or not to rent -- that is the question

Dec 23, 2010
Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics has released a list of 55 U.S. cities organized according to how cost effective it is to rent a home, rather than...
Posted In: cities, home prices, home sales, Housing, recession, rent