Renting a home can be easier than owning a home, but it requires its own special set of circumstances. Whether you’re the renter or the landlord, look at the articles, columns, blog posts, radio shows and videos for more information about renting a home.
Finding the right apartment to rent is tough enough. Renting an apartment on a budget is even tougher. Between the application fees, moving fees and stress of finding the right apartment (in the right neighborhood and at the right price), the best thing you can do is carefully figure out how much you can afford [...]
If you're trying to sell your old home to buy a new one but can't, you may want to rent a second home until the real estate market improves. Instead of struggling to pay two mortgages on a primary residence and second home, consider renting the second home. Save up money for a new home purchase while keeping your credit score intact and avoiding foreclosure or a short sale.
The owner of a manufactured home asks whether to pay off the mortgage loan or invest extra money. Since the manufactured home is a second home or investment property, the home owner should consider how his taxes will be affected. Tax software or a tax preparer before can help sort this out before deciding to refinance this manufactured home.
A 1031 exchange allows you to buy and sell investment property within a specified time period and defer paying taxes to the IRS. Primary residences, second homes and vacation homes are generally not eligible for 1031 exchanges. Real estate market conditions may make it harder to sell a property and potentially prevent a successful 1031 exchange. Talk to a 1031 exchange company about doing a reverse exchange instead.
A renter asks about an owner-occupied requirement with regard to mortgage refinancing. The renter says his landlord has refinanced the property twice, each time claiming he lives there. The renter wonders if the landlord breaks the law by claiming the property is owner-occupied during a mortgage refinance. Circumstances may change after the mortgage refinance occurs and that lenders don't have time to follow up.
Americans spend more of their budget than they used to on mortgage and rent payments. The percentage of the family budget used for housing costs has become unmanageable for some families. How can families cut or increase their household budget to pay their rent or mortgage? Here are some tips for the family budget.
If you are renting a soon-to-be foreclosed property, will you be evicted? What happens if you pay your rent, but your landlord did not make the mortgage payments and the property entered foreclosure. What does the eviction process look like for a renter of a foreclosed property? Ilyce offers advice about the foreclosure eviction process.
A landlord wants to sell her investment property and has trouble. While the property is rented, the rent does not cover the mortgage. The landlord wants to know the effect of using a deed in lieu of foreclosure on her credit score. She called the credit bureaus but could not get a direct answer. Ilyce says that the effect of a deed in lieu of foreclosure on a credit score depends on the individual because each person has different credit factors.