First Time Buyer


Best Bike Cities for Renters

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Do you own a bike? More important, do you ride? Then you already know the many facets of bike riding without which you’d be plenty bereft: you get around quickly, cheaply, lightly; you can opt for a scenic route without worrying about running out of gas, or of car-friendly roads; you can pull your dog […] read more


What Rental Management Looks for in Tenants

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You found the perfect apartment – a five-story walk up in the prettiest part of town – and there’s a dog park nearby for Fido. You applied with the rental or property management firm and you’re waiting to hear. It’s only been a few days, but every time you pass by your erstwhile new home, […] read more

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Red Flags to Identify before Renting an Apartment

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Before renting an apartment, you will want to check it out first. This doesn’t mean show up once and do a simple walk through of the place and then sign the lease. That’s a cursory viewing of a place at best and can’t really be considered due diligence. By spending more time looking at the […] read more


Calculating Your Actual Living Costs

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When you’re looking for an apartment or any other type of rental property, you are probably focused on all of the things you consider “must haves.” Price may be another consideration, as it should be. What many renters fail to think about, however, is something that will have serious financial implications once you get settled […] read more

How to Assess Apartment Security: Stay-Safe Tips for Renters

As we enter prime moving season, many novice and veteran apartment hunters may be more focused on finding an affordable apartment than a safe apartment. There’s no need to worry, you can find both by checking for these safety features in any prospective rental. read more

Baby Proofing a House vs. Baby Proofing an Apartment

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Baby proofing is an important option for you to consider when you are going to have a baby. Though it might not be of much use in the earlier stages, it won’t be long before your baby starts crawling and then walking. Since it’s not possible for you to have constant watch over your child […] read more

Tips For a Low Income First Time Home Buyer

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For those with relatively low income, homes can be much harder to buy outright. Those who need to secure a low income mortgage agreement can benefit from some time-tested strategies for avoiding high risk of foreclosure. Amass a Large Down Payment Generally, the more money the borrower puts down up front on the house, the […] read more

Downsizing: Selling Your Home and Moving into an Apartment

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Selling your home is not an option you would like, but it is always a card you can play when you are in need. Downsizing is an option some choose particularly after retirement. If you wish to downsize your home in the near future, selling and moving into an apartment may be the best choice. […] read more

Do You Qualify for the Good Neighbor Next Door Program?

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The Good Neighbor Next Door Program is administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It’s an incentive program that aims to place certain government employees within designated revitalization areas within a city. People who are eligible for the program are able to purchase a home at 50 percent off the list price. […] read more