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Category Archives: Real estate

I really, really, want to buy a house

Tweet If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you know I have a  bad case of Buy-A-House fever. It’s not quite rational, but I just imagine my beautiful house with a deck overlooking the hills of Southern California and a dinner party with strawberry salad and a Welsh Corgi running around and […]

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Updated Appliances: Must-Have for Homes?

Tweet When I travel, I love to settle in at night with a few good episodes of HGTV. One of my favorite shows is House Hunters, where would-be homebuyers visit three homes and then select one of them for purchase (this, of course, is staged). After watching, oh, almost a hundred episodes, I realized that […]

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Judge a home by its pictures

Tweet via Flickr The author of a design blog I love – Small Chic Home – is selling her condo in Charlottesville, VA. She has posted some pictures of her beautifully-staged home and wondered whether the quality and quantity of pictures on MLS listings affect number of potential buyers who then visit the house in […]

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Win $200 Cash!

Tweet You read that right… the first giveaway of 2013 is a good one: $200 of cold, hard (PayPal) cash. What would you do with $200 cold hard cash? If you win, you’ll have to decide very soon! Well Heeled Blog has teamed up with Tomorrow Finance to offer everyone a chance to win $200 […]

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Dreaming Home Ownership Dreams

Tweet Here’s a confession: I have already started dreaming about what life after business school would look like. In particular, I have been dreaming about home ownership, about buying my own little pieces of real estate. Here are a few things that made this dream, while premature, firmly within the realm of possibility. We will […]

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Hello Beautiful Dream Home That Is 6x Our Annual Income

Tweet Check out this beautiful house perched in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, California. Just go. Click through the slideshow. Be amazed. I’ll wait. I came across the website when I was poking around the New York Times real estate section amid another burst of I want to be a homeowner! and immediately […]

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Adults Living At Home: My Change of Mind

Tweet When I was in college, my biggest goal was to make enough money at my job so that I wouldn’t have to move back in with Mom and Dad after graduation. Now that I am 4+ years out of school, though, I’ve realized it would have been nice to live at home for a […]

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How Far Would You Go to Cut Your Housing Costs?

Tweet In real estate, we are often deciding between Price, Location, and Space. You can have a big, well-priced apartment or home in a less-than desirable location. Or, you can get a cheaper, tiny place in a great part of town. Of course, if your budget is stretchy enough, you can get the biggest place […]

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Moving to Lower Cost of Living

Tweet I spent most of my life in California, and there are so many things that I love about this state. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to travel a bit throughout the country, however, I realized that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I were to move somewhere else, with a […]

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Buying a Triplex Apartment

Tweet This is a Guest Post from Paula from the personal finance and lifestyle blog AffordAnything.org. My friend’s single mom has a problem: she hasn’t saved much for retirement. By “not much,” I mean she’s in her 60′s and has saved less than $30,000. She has no pension — her only source of retirement income […]

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Real Estate (Pipe?) Dream

Tweet For the past few days I have been struck by a serious case of real estate fever. I spent hours at night surfing around Trulia looking at houses in the $300K to $500K range. We are not buying, mind you, but if we were I’d imagine that would be a good range for us. […]

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When It Comes to Housing, What Does Gen Y Want?

Tweet Big house? Big garage? Big yard? According to two surveys reported in the Wall Street Journal, the answer is a Big No. Apparently, Generation Y values convenience and culture over size. No McMansions for us, at least for now. Check out my new LendingTree Blog article here: What Generation Y Wants for Their Homes

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Lending to Family: The Easiest $20,000 Decision

Tweet A while back I wrote about the question of lending to friends and family, now this is a process I am actually going through – I will be giving my mom a $20,000 short-term loan. From what I’ve read, it seems like most intrafamily loans are fraught with pitfalls, and the decision to lend […]

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Low(er) Rent: How to Make it Happen

Tweet A rule of thumb I’ve read for rent is that your total housing costs shouldn’t exceed over 30% of your gross income.  Total housing costs for us renters is the rent payment plus utilities. Personally, I also include the cost of internet access in my housing calculation because not having internet is not an option for […]

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