Should you buy a home now or rent for a few years instead? What type and term of mortgage should you secure? Relocating to a new city? Downsizing your parents?
Whether you’re renting, selling, buying or just borrowing couches after a bad relationship – we’ve got information to help you make wise decisions to protect yourself and your assets.
Housing Related Questions
- Rent or Buy. While you might want to purchase your own home, sometimes it makes more sense to rent someone else’s. In our article – When Is Renting The Best Decision For Housing Versus Buying? – we explore the times when one option is likely the better decision of the other.
- Renters Insurance. When you do rent, it may be in your best interest to have renters insurance. Your landlord may even require you to have it. Other times, renters insurance may not be worth the money. Need help deciding whether to buy it or not? We’d suggest you read Renters Insurance, Do I Really Need To Spend Money On It?
- Negotiate Rent. If you’ve been renting for some time and just received a rental rate increase letter from your landlord, check out our tips in – Should I Really Try to Negotiate My Rent Increase? – for options on how to handle the news.
- Mortgage Options. Signing on the dotted line for a mortgage can be both exciting and terrifying at the same time. The more you understand your options before finding your new home, the less scary it will be. Checkout, What Are The Best Financing Options For Buying A Home? – so you’re prepared.
- PMI. Some mortgage options you may be considering involve putting less than a 20% down payment on the home. Small down payments may lead to the requirement of purchasing private mortgage insurance. For why that might not be the best option read, How Can I Avoid Paying PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)? It will help you decide whether a more significant down payment is worth it or not.
- Buying When Not Married. Whether it’s a romantic partner, family member, or close friend you’re considering buying a home with, read this popular article before you decide – Should We Buy A House Together When Not Married?
- Timing. Spring is often considered the peak real estate season, but when it comes to buying you may obtain a better deal offseason. In – Are There Advantages to Buying a House in the Winter? – we explore what to look out for when shopping in winter months, and how to prepare to buy no matter what season you find your next home in.
- Major House Expenses. Houses are expensive. You’ll find yourself laying out a good amount of money – not only for the downpayment but other significant expenses through the years. This article will help you prepare your budget and timeline for those costs – What Is The Best Way To Budget For Major House Expenses?
- Insurance. Your home’s insurance policy might not be what you’d consider fun to read, but it’s a really good idea to read it. Find out what you need to know, in – How Much Homeowners Insurance Do I Need And What Will It Cover?
- Sell or Rent Out. Downsizing, upsizing or relocating across the country and you might be asking yourself – What Should I Do With The House, Sell Or Rent It Out? There’s a lot to consider! This article has important questions to help you make a smart decision.
- Selling. When you’re ready to sell, specific cleaning and repairs are a must, and some specific updates a big plus. In, What are the Best Ways to Sell Your Home Fast? we’ll help you pick the right areas to focus on so you can pack your things and move quickly.
- Selling Your Things. Many people who move decide to sell some of their possessions. Even though you may have options like garage sales or Craigslist, there’s another option if you’re on Facebook. Check out our review, Something to Sell? Try Facebook Marketplace!
- Home Renovations. No house is perfect and you’ll likely want to make some changes to yours. But which home improvement projects will pay off the most for you now and when you go to sell? Before you sink any more money into the house check out, Which Home Renovations Return Value and How Do I Pay For Them?
- Moving On. Unfortunately, relationships end and new housing decisions need to be made. What should you consider before making your next move? Read, My Relationship’s Ending, What Should I Do About Housing?
- Cost of Living Areas. Currently living in a high-cost area and wondering if it would make any sense to relocate? There’s a multitude of things to consider besides the financials when making this big decision. Read – Should I Move To A Lower Cost Of Living Area? – to help you figure it out.
- Your Parent’s House. There may come a time where you (and your siblings) have decisions to make with your parents about their home. Do you want to buy it and move in? What about keeping it and renting it out when they downsize or move into a setting with a higher level of care. Does it make the most sense for everyone to sell your parents’ home? We answer many of those questions in Should I Buy My Parents’ House?
- Moving Expenses. You want to keep your moving costs low but you also don’t want to save as much time and aggravation as you can too. Check out this post for all the considerations and ways you can save when moving from home to home, whether it’s just down the block or across the country – How Can You Save Money When You Move?
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