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.
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.
A condo owner asks about how a condominium declaration affects her ability to rent out her condo. If the condominium declaration does not discuss renting out condo units, the condominium association usually relies on state law. The condo owner could sue to change the condominium declaration but that could lead to upsetting her neighbors. What should the condo owner do?
An investor asks about buying a real estate investment. The investor has calculated the return on investment for the real estate investment properties he's considering. But has he considered other real estate investment issues such as tenant demands and property maintenance? Taking those costs into account may change the investor's mind about buying a real estate investment.
Is now is a good time to become a landlord? How can the potential landlord learn about the rental property market in his area? If you're considering becoming a landlord you should educate yourself about foreclosures, local rental information and investment properties. If you become a landlord you will become a real estate investor.
If you rent your home you should have renter's insurance. Less than half of renters have renter's insurance according to Allstate. Why is renter's insurance important? What does renter's insurance cover? Good renter's insurance will help you replace your belongings in case of a disaster.
A reader asks about starting an apartment finder web site and whether she needs a real estate license. This apartment finder web site would allow landlords to post listings for about $20 per month. Contacting an intellectual property attorney will help this entrepreneur fully understand what it takes to start an apartment finder web site.