When you sign a lease, you have certain expectations. It usually works out fine — but not always. You have legal rights as a renter, and when those rights are violated, civil court provides you a last-resort option to enforce them. Learn why and how to sue your landlord and whether it’s worth it.
There are many tax benefits to real estate investing. You can intentionally structure your real estate investments to minimize your taxes on multiple forms of income, including real estate profits. But before you dive in headfirst, ensure you understand which tax benefits you qualify for.
Every year, a million homes enter foreclosure and many more people are forced to sell back to the bank for less than their home is worth. Foreclosures and short sales are bad enough, but few people consider the tax implications — until they file their tax return and realize the worst isn’t over.
Federal, state, and local laws tend to hold landlords to a much higher standard than tenants. As a renter, you should understand not just your tenant’s rights and responsibilities, but also the rules governing your landlord. Learn about landlord and tenant laws and about your rights as a renter.
Not every tourist-friendly town is a good candidate for a full-time relocation, but some occupy a sweet spot with ample employment opportunities, reasonable living costs, and plenty of recreational opportunities. Here are the best tourist-friendly American towns that you can live in year-round.
A balloon mortgage is a lesser-known type of mortgage that comes with unusual terms, a potential for huge savings, and enormous risk. It’s not right for everyone, but a balloon mortgage can be a great fit under the right circumstances. Should you consider a balloon mortgage? Learn more here.
How much your apartment costs depends a great deal on where you live. Low-rent U.S. cities tend to be located in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South, where apartments remain affordable. Read on to learn the most affordable U.S. cities for renters to live in, and where you can find cheap housing.
Many real estate investors use 1031 exchanges to roll profits from rental properties into ever-larger income properties, never paying capital gains taxes until the day they sell off their portfolio. Find out what an 1031 exchange is and how it can let you defer paying taxes — perhaps indefinitely.
Sometimes, buyers can score a great deal on fixer-uppers. Other times, it’s the seller who scores a great deal — by dumping their money pit on an unsuspecting buyer. Keep an eye out for these 15 warning signs of a money pit as you scout your next house.
If you're wondering whether your current living situation warrants renters insurance coverage, it's important to consider the potential costs of carrying it — or choosing not to. Read on to learn about what renters insurance covers and how to calculate how much renters insurance coverage you need.
Owning a home costs far more money than the average first-time home buyer realizes. Beyond dollars and cents, homeownership also comes with less tangible risks and downsides. Learn about the real costs and risks of owning a home before deciding whether you can afford to buy instead of renting.
There are plenty of perks to owning a home, but it’s an expensive endeavor. The real cost of buying a home is a lot more than the price on the for-sale listing, and many homebuyers grossly underestimate the actual costs. Here’s a list of the costs to keep in mind when deciding whether to buy a home.