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Should I set up a trust or use a transfer-on-death (TOD) deed?
Should I set up a trust or use a transfer-on-death (TOD) deed or instrument? That's what one of Ilyce's readers wrote in to ask how she should manage her estate. To read more Q&A like this one, sign up for Ilyce Glink's Love, Money + Real Estate newsletter. Should I set up a trust? Q: [...]
Should I give my kids the house even if they won’t speak to me?
Should I give my kids the house even if they won't speak to me? When this question came in, it made me incredibly sad. When it comes to families, issues relating to Love, Money + Real Estate abound. In this case, the house represents so much more than four walls, a ceiling and a floor: [...]
10 Mistakes to Avoid When Renting an Apartment
Renting an apartment is tricky. There are at least 10 mistakes you should avoid making when you rent an apartment. If you can avoid making these mistakes, you'll save yourself time and money. When you rent an apartment for the first time, you're bound to make a mistake. In fact, research shows there are 10 [...]
How to Pick a New Neighborhood
Most tenants looking for a place to rent will spend much of the time looking at what kind of space they’ll have inside the four walls of an apartment. That makes sense, since it’s what you will see daily, and there’s an important connection that needs to be made. But the space outside those walls [...]
How to Find a Great Landlord
How to find a great landlord - and a good apartment to rent Finding the right rental property can be very stressful. Renters spend most of their time searching for a rental unit that satisfies basic living needs, such as the size, look and location of the property. But if you don’t find a great [...]
Real Estate Development Inheritance Costs Heirs Money
Real estate development inheritance costs heirs money. This reader expected a windfall and is wondering how to turn a money-losing situation into something that's at least breakeven. Q: My husband inherited a private development in West Virginia that his father owned. How does one go about starting a homeowners' association (HOA) for something like that? [...]
Ex-Spouse Can’t Pay Mortgage – Now What?
There are friendly and not-so-friendly divorces. But if your ex-spouse can't pay the mortgage because he lost his job, should you step forward and offer to pay off the remaining amount and give him the house just to be completely done? What's the price of being done? What would you do? Q: I have been [...]
Will Tax Reform Kill The Housing Market and Tank Home Prices?
Is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act going to kill the housing market and tank home prices? With the passage of Tax Reform in the House of Representatives, real estate industry groups have gone on the warpath to prevent legislation they believe is ultimately damaging to real estate. Is tax reform going to kill the [...]