Tips & Advice

Should You Buy a Home for Your College Student?

Many issues come along with owning a student rental, and you should really think them through before you get yourself a “tough and expensive” college lesson of your own.


Summertime – and the Liability Is Easy

These are four reasons kids might gather at your house over the summer, the liability risks involved and how you can counter those risks.

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How to Determine What You Want in a Home

Establishing your most important criteria upfront will help you stay on track as you move through the home buying process.

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Tips for Buying the Right Vacation Home

Here’s how to buy the right vacation home so as to make the experience as rewarding (personally and financially) as possible.

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Getting Your Finances in Order

Before you get your heart set on the home with the big yard or the condo in the city, you should take steps to demonstrate you have a stable financial situation and are a serious buyer.

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Why People Love to Live on the Water

Living on the water is truly a luxury, and while it can be a great move for any number of reasons, these two make life on the water so incredibly special.

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Cubs or Sox? Windy City or Chi-Town? 15 Chicago Questions Answered

Moving to Chicago? We asked locals to answer 15 questions about living in the Windy City.


4 Ways to Gain the Competitive Edge When Home Shopping

If you’ve been out there house hunting, you’re likely aware of the many challenges and obstacles that come with the territory.

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5 Steps to Selling Your Home

Selling your home? Here are five tips you should know, including knowing comps and your home’s market value.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Your Damage Deposit Back

Each tenant and property manager is different, so we turned to personal finance writers to provide insight on their personal experiences with damage deposits.

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What Do You Need to Start Composting?

Food scraps and yard waste make up 20 percent to 30 percent of what ends up in U.S. landfills. By composting those materials, you can recycle them back into the soil and improve your garden.


Why an Agent Would Withdraw From a Listing

Withdrawing from a listing is never an easy decision, but depending on the situation, sometimes it’s the best decision.


Moving? Time to Take Inventory

A little more work now will save you time and effort should you ever have to file a home insurance claim.

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Puppy Love: The Newest Apartment Amenity

One Washington, D.C., apartment community is offering renters a one-of-a-kind amenity: a resident puppy.


Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home?

Frequently neither party wants to move from the home even while a divorce is pending. Eventually, however, a home must be distributed like all other assets.