So You Want to Move to Texas?
Once upon a time, I was born in Houston, Texas. Then I was raised in Texas, then I got out of this state as soon as I could! I moved to Maui, met and married, couldn't afford to buy a home there, so we asked ourselves, "Where in the USA would be the best place to live?"
Quitclaims and Assumptions: How They Affect Your Mortgage
Mortgage information can be confusing; there is so much information involved in a mortgage. This article will make clear how the quitclaim and assumption affect a mortgage.
12 Underrated Digital Nomad Destinations
The digital nomad movement has never been stronger. There are so many options for international remote workers to choose from! With more countries than ever seeing the major monetary benefits of offering digital nomad visas, the options are many! Here are hidden gems every nomad should consider!
Can You Successfully Re-Pat After the Ex-Pat Expereince?
Life is a journey that we find ourselves traveling through each day. I believe that we can compare relationships, experiences, and seasons of life to destinations; in a sense, they are like places we visit when traveling. With at in mind, a few years ago, I made a major lifestyle change.
Should Home Buyers Work Directly With Listing Agents?
When a buyer works directly with the listing agent representing the seller, the question must be answered, “Who is representing me?”
4 Reasons to Choose a Smaller City When Moving Abroad
Toyko, London, Beijing and Paris are all pretty amazing cities that many of us dream about moving to. But what about the smaller cities? They hold incredible possibilities for anyone willing to give them a chance.
The Astronomical Cost of Rent, and a Comparison of Apartments in the U.S., Mexico, and Thailand
Many people agree the U.S rental market is overinflated. More and more, as rent increases, people can't afford to live. If you are considering living abroad for a period of time, the amenities offered when renting an apartment really open up, and you will save money.
Three Reasons Why It's Hard to Find a Perfect Home
It's tough to find the perfect home because of price, location, and issues with the house. There's always something you won't like about the home; rarely is it ever perfect.
Why I Don't Want a Modern-Style House
I've always been attracted to classical styles of architecture. Modernist architecture just doesn't do it for me, but many architects have the opposite opinion. So, am I wrong? I explored my reasons and concluded that it's its unnaturalness that makes me find it ugly.
3 Reasons You Should Pack Up and Move to Bali
If you are a digital nomad or working online, I want to tell you: pack up and move to Bali. Bali has beautiful beaches, lush forests, and rich culture that will make your experience of living in Bali extremely rewarding. The Balinese are welcoming people who enjoy life to the fullest.
8 Often-Overlooked Issues to Check for Before Buying a House
When buying a house, there are some important things you should look for that might not be immediately visible, including issues related to temperature differentials, water stains, poor sound insulation, and more.
Building Shipping Container Homes in Pennsylvania: What You Need to Know
If you’re considering putting up a container home in Pennsylvania, you’ll be glad to know that the law allows them, provided you adhere to the stipulated regulations.
Top 10 Least Expensive Countries in Europe
Whether you're planning to retire abroad or just looking for a destination for your next trip, it's a good idea to set your sights on countries that are more inexpensive to help your hard-earned dollars go further. These are the countries with the lowest cost of living in Europe.
Building Shipping Container Homes in Florida: What You Need to Know
There are no laws against the construction of container homes in Florida, provided you build them in the approved zones and attain the required permits. This article outlines the process from start to finish.
Top 10 Best Countries to Live in for Expats
People from all over the world migrate to other countries for different reasons. It could be job security, salary, lifestyle, or culture. From Taiwan to New Zealand, here are the top 10 countries that expats love to relocate to.
3 Reasons the Chase Closing Guarantee May Not Be Legit
Chase home lending promises on-time closing in as soon as three weeks or they will give you $2,500. This article explains why the closing guarantee is a scam and why customers should think twice before getting a mortgage through Chase.
Off the Grid and at Peace in Scoraig, Scotland
Bleak and windswept are adjectives frequently used to describe the west coast of Scotland; they certainly apply to Scoraig, and the word “remote” can also be added to the list. Today, Scoraig is home to people seeking an alternative way of life.
How to Deal With a Landlord Who Mistreats Their Tenants
A collection of useful information to help you deal with a rude landlord who mistreats tenants. Holding a landlord accountable is a process that begins the moment you are handed the lease.
What to Do If You Can't Pay Rent and Are Facing Eviction
There are options and protections in place for you if you cannot pay rent and are facing eviction. Learn about which next steps to take.
Our Refinancing Experience With a Discount Mortgage Broker
I recently refinanced my mortgage using a discount mortgage broker. Here is how they compared to my local credit union.
3 Pros and 4 Cons of Having a House With an Alleyway
Considering a house with an alleyway? You may want to think about what you are getting yourself into before you make an offer on that house. This article covers exactly what to expect when buying a house with an alleyway.
What Can I Do if My Roommate Can't or Won’t Pay Rent?
Your roommate can't (or won't) pay rent? In certain situations, there might be some protection or leniency around what you can do to save yourself the financial burden.
5 Notable Gated Communities of the World
The upper crust of society doesn’t much like mixing with the general population so its members spend a lot of money to live behind walls with guarded, gated entrances. Gated communities have become a metaphor for inequality and are criticized for promoting an us-versus-them mentality.
Building and Pest Inspection: 7 Expert Reasons to Get One When You Buy a Home
Here are 7 reasons why home buyers should invest in a building and pest inspection with their home purchase, plus how to hire an inspector, what happens at the inspection, and when a seller should get an inspection done.
5 Costs You Can Expect as a Foreigner in Japan
Living in Japan comes with a hefty price tag, and this scares foreign workers away, and visitors as well. This article discusses the costs of living in Japan, along with recommendations on what to look for when starting a life there.
Cash for Keys: A Better Option When Tenants Are in Trouble
Tenants, like people everywhere, have ups and downs, and bad things happen to good tenants. When a tenant just can't pay rent and you have to end their tenancy, you can make the farewell as friendly as possible.
A Mile From Home: Rhoose in 10 Years' Time
As we look to the future in these uncertain times, our communities are changing. I have imagined what my local village in the Vale of Glamorgan would look like in the next 10 years and whether it will provide a more sustainable and ethical way of living and being in the world.
A Real Estate Investor's Lessons From the Lockdown
There is an old English saying that goes: it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. If we look for the good, even in a bad situation we can usually find some. We can look for some lessons we learned in our recent foray into house arrest and isolation ...
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Renting?
In this article, I examine the advantages and disadvantages of renting versus owning real estate. Factors such as taxes, insurance, building equity, investment strategies, and personal freedom are discussed.
Extended Eviction Moratorium? All Is Not Lost for the Landlord
Whether you want to do it or not, sometimes evicting the tenant is a matter of your own survival. How many rent payments on how many units can you miss before the financial crisis sets in? I know of some landlords who start the process if the rent check is five or ten days late.
Everything You Need to Know About Title Insurance Before You Buy a House
Title is the proof that a person or company has the right to own and use a property. Title insurance protects your ownership rights.
Letting (Leasing) Your French Real Estate: What You Need to Know About Tenants
In France, renting a home or apartment is called “letting.” Like other people, the French do things their way. So read up before you rent out your vacation home.
Purchasing New Construction or "Off-Plan" in France
Buying new construction or property that has not yet been built from a developer is called off-plan purchasing in France. Purchasing off-plan is a fairly common, safe and even profitable means of property acquisition in France.