In Kalamazoo, my wife and I have experienced satisfying work, enjoyable and meaningful activities, and a good life on modest incomes.
Norfolk is a county of wide open vistas, intriguing waterways, a stunning coastline, and amazing wildlife habitats. But is property cheap here?
"Income Limits Apply." "Income Based Rent." What does all this mean when you are looking for a new home?
Toledo, Ohio was recently named the number one city with the lowest rental rates in the U.S. If you’re seeking affordable housing, Toledo might be a good place to investigate.
Any country can be a challenge for expats to get used to, but living in Japan comes with its own set of unique cultural challenges, and problems can arise quickly. Rest assured, though, there are more resources at your fingertips than you think.
So you've just gotten home from a timeshare presentation where you were dazzled by the prospect of a wonderful lifetime of adventures and so you bought your timeshare from the developer. And right now some sneaking suspicions are starting to develop...
The experts may think they know what sells a house, but my interviews with buyers shows a different story. What features do women want when they buy a house? How to remodel a house for sale.
Find out about the responsibilities and risks of being a rent guarantor with this no-nonsense guide.
Whether you appoint a traditional estate agent or do all the viewings with potential buyers yourself, you need to learn how to conduct viewings.
The expensive costs of retirement in some recommended cities are far above the budget of most Baby Boomers retiring today. Some "Best Cities" lists turn out to be ads for rental properties.
In 2011, a Texas man gained notoriety when he claimed a $16 affidavit of adverse possession gave him rights to an expensive suburban home. What is adverse possession and how does it work? Find out here.
Oildale was once a vibrant community, supported by the petroleum industry, the wells seemed never ending. Now the area seems to be split between the working class and a group struggling with poverty.
Author presents three methods homeowners can use to stop foreclosure, even after a sale date has been set. Many don't realize it, but hope is still there, even when the situation seems hopeless.
Find out reasons why it's best to buy your house plans online if you intend to build a modest, beautiful home.
This article is a brief summary for tenants about the warranty of habitability for tenants written by Nicholas M. Moccia, Esq., a Staten Island landlord & tenant attorney.
What is a Foreclosed or REO Property Inspector? What tools do you need? Is this the right job for you? What companies can you work with? Who requires insurance?
Moving can be expensive. Here's a checklist to help you accurately estimate what you will need and the entire cost of moving out for the first time.
Moving alone out of state is very stressful but if you follow my tips, you just may save some money and reduce your anxiety. I have essential tips and steps to make your move less painful.
Practical advice on drafting a personal letter to accompany a home purchase offer in a very competitive housing market.
It's important for people who want to live in an RV on their own land to know that doing so, while a seemingly good idea, can have many caveats. This article outlines the most important ones.
Cambridgeshire has earned the nickname Silicon Fen because of the many high-tech companies that have sprung up in this area. Cambridge is expensive property-wise, but nearby towns are cheaper...
Irish castles are the stuff of legend and lore, but many people don't realize that many of them are on the market! Check out these historical and authentic properties for sale.
Not only did Texas thrive overall during the recent recession, but Westlake, Texas is America's richest city. It's the hometown of the Jonas Brothers.
Living in a tiny house has become fashionable. However it also makes good sense in terms of money, convenience, comfort, and happiness.
Port Douglas, Australia is situated in the tropics. Pros and cons of tropical living in Port Douglas.
The Villages in Florida is very popular with many older people, but it depends on your tastes, and there are disadvantages as well as advantages, here is a list of the pros and cons.
Many people across America and the world dream of living in New York City. There are many great advantages to living in the city, but also some big drawbacks.
A sign of the times. Poughkeepsie, NY has been on the decline for some time; so is IBM. How are they linked?
Anyone who has been through the process of preparing a house for sale knows that it can be stress-inducing, to say the least. I learned a few tips as a realtor that proved to be invaluable to sellers. There are any number of things one can do to make their home more appealing; here are just a few.
The home buying process can be easy if you follow the correct steps. Step 3 the search for a home is were the excitement begins. Your real estate agent will be your guide to a new home.
Hampshire isn't the cheapest county in England, but some locations are definitely cheaper than others. Even within the New Forest area there are huge variations.
The fateful day has finally arrived! After a search that seemed to take forever, you've got a written, signed, and dated job offer from your new employer. Now you need to plan the move, rent or buy a home, and choose a school!
Stock-piling cash, moving halfway across the country, shopping for, and finally deciding to purchase, a small farm. (Or, why has Farmer Rachel been away from Hubpages for so long?)
Gated communities have become more and more popular in recent years. This article lists the 10 main advantages of living in a gated neighborhood.
This article will outline for you all you every wanted to know about home mortgages but were afraid to ask. We'll cover the different types of home mortgages, the parts of a home mortgage that really matter to you and your payment, and what some of your other options might be. Good luck!
How to write a "housing wanted" ad for Craiglist. Write your own ad, find a home that you really want.
Not sure how to find a house to rent (or an apartment)? Start here. Having moved several times in the last decade, I've learned a few shortcuts.
Silverlake has long been the hot spot where L.A. hipsters. If the cool vibe isn't enough to make you want to live here, then check out these numbers that should encourage you to invest in a new home.
Hiring a Realtor is much like hiring an employee. It's important to find the right one for this big life decision. Use these tips for hiring a Realtor to help you hire the right Realtor.
The method, formula, and calculation for cash-on-cash return, with insights on how to use it in your next real estate analysis.
What should landlords do after a rental property floods? How is this different than the aftermath most homeowners face after a flood?
Not every home in Berkshire is an actual, real castle. With Windsor and Eton within its boundaries, Berkshire can be perceived as very up-market, but some locations are definitely cheaper than others.
Investing in real estate can be fulfilling, but be wary of the pitfalls and do your homework first! This article discusses some points that prospective investors need to consider
What you need to understand about the risks you may be taking if you decide to rent out your RV to make money.
Realistically, there is no such thing as a 'cheap' town in leafy Surrey. There are, however, a few 'cheaper' towns. Beautiful countryside, and excellent rail links into London, keep prices high here.
Buying a home should be exciting. Knowing what to expect can put your mind at ease. This article will help you breathe easy, have fun and glide through step 1 of the home buying process.
Have you ever wondered why people buy timeshares? Have you thought about purchasing one yourself but don't know where to start? Let's go over some timeshare basics that will help you make an educated choice to purchase or not to purchase a timeshare.
You should always be aware of your rights as a tenant when you rent any residential property. Here are some tips to protect your rights when renting a house.
After years of hard work, we reached a point where we could pay off our mortgage or invest. What do we do?
As much as you can try to prepare for what to expect when purchasing your first home, the best way to learn is by actually going through it. I'll cover what to expect based on my experience.
It's possible to remove the stench, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Learn how to recognize a smoker's house. It's very likely they'll be trying to conceal signs of smoking in order to sell it.
Paris, Tennessee has its own Eiffel Tower in a park with walking tracks, two swimming pools, and tennis courts. The cost of living is reasonable, crime is low, and the people are friendly. An excellent hospital, numerous attractions, and plenty of scenic beauty and wildlife make this a good place to retire or work.
Northamptonshire has busy, well-established towns, lush, green countryside, excellent, easy rail links into the Capital, yet property prices are amazingly reasonable. Want to find a bargain?
Did you just receive a scary piece of paper called a "Notice to Vacate" or "Eviction Notice?" Don't panic! This article will help explain some of the common questions and concerns that come with that.
Gated communities are an increasingly popular option for those people looking for a safe and secure place to live. The experience doesn't suit everyone, however. This article lists the 10 main downsides of living in a gated community.
If you're thinking about moving to Colorado, here are ten things to be aware of before you make the big move.
A home seller was forced to pay damages to buyers of his home after the real estate agent misrepresented the source of a bad odor as being harmless.
The towns and villages of Derbyshire are amongst the UK's cheapest property locations, yet even here, there are huge variations from town to town.....
Step 2 of the home buying process will let you know how much house you can afford. Keeping a check on your credit and debt is crucial during this time of the home buying process.
When you're ready to move, how can you make sure you move to a neighborhood that is safe and meets your family's needs? Here are some house hunting questions to ask as you search for new dream home.
Advice that will help condominium owners to avoid upsetting and expensive problems that can result from dealing with unreasonable and sometimes malicious boards of directors.
Today, countless hosts rent out their spaces through AirBnB. It can be a little intimidating to get started so I wanted to share five tips that I wish someone gave me before I started on my AirBnB hosting journey.
Advice that people who are considering buying into an over 55 condo community need to know that could save them many headaches.
You want to spend some time checking out possible retirement locations. Here are some options that are available to you.
A story of amazing highs and crushing lows as I navigated a particularly convoluted home purchase, my very first time ever acquiring real estate.
Want to save money on building your new home? This article will show you how. Learn how to contract all or part of the work yourself.
There are big consequences to allowing a timeshare foreclosure. So you want to avoid it if at all possible.
A county of quaint coastal villages and dignified, historic towns. Suffolk is popular with holiday-makers and commuters into London. Property prices vary enormously county-wide.....
Overview of the the different types of foreclosures in Texas. Step-by-step guide to the Texas foreclosure process.
With 37 millions America families choosing to rent instead of own, there are five things you should know before you sign that lease. Another article in the Apartment Living series.
What are your choices if you hate your new house? Learning not to hate it might be the easiest choice.
During step 4 of the home buying process, all the details have to be worked out. This is the crucial step because it’s where all negotiations begin and end. You are about to own a home.
This Hub was written to give my advice about moving from New York to Florida. It is my wish that readers may learn some valuable tips and insight from my mistakes.
Retiring abroad is attractive to many retirees - but where to start? This article sets out some basic steps that can help clarify your thinking and get you on the road to your retirement dream!
Things I hated about selling a house. We have sold two houses. This about all the stress we went through trying to sell them.
Everyone knows Las Vegas as a party town, but what motivates someone to settle down and plant roots in Sin City? From outdoor activities to sports and entertainment, Las Vegas has a lot to offer!
Be a wary and informed buyer. Some things to consider before buying a condominium conversion. What may seem like a bargain may be your worst nightmare.
You’d be surprised at how many agents don’t give sellers all the documents sellers need when selling their house. Here are the minimum documents you need to make the best decisions about your sale.
An overview of housing options people can use if for some reason they cannot or do not want to own a home.
With all of your options out there for a new place to live, sometimes it's hard to decide what to do and where to go. To rent or to buy? That is the question. In this article, you'll find a list of pros and cons to help you know how to decide on your new place. Hope it helps!
Don’t wait until your house is on the market before you start preparing it for showings. You will become overwhelmed. Here are some things you should do right now to prepare your home for showings.
Many things have to happen between the time you make the decision to purchase a home and the time you get the keys to it. Put your trust in the people you’ve chosen to represent you and breathe.
Making unwise decisions when buying your first house could leave you spending more than you budgeted for.
Moving can be a stressful event and relocating to another state even more stressful but with these tip and checklist your move can be smooth and drama free.
I've been doing short sales since 1998. I can honestly say that the short sale process has made the biggest change in the real estate industry over anything else. I was looking at a file that I had just the other day. This one was from 2003. The...
Try these four strategies to help you save up for a house down payment even if you have had financial setbacks or are working a minimum wage job.
Scams and fraudulent postings make finding apartments and houses to rent on Craigslist a daunting task. This article aims to help you avoid some of the most common scams.
House prices in London and the South-East are generally some of the highest in the UK. But there are still bargains to be had. Read on to discover the cheapest towns in Kent...
Important information for people who are thinking of buying a condominium in Florida. All is not as it seems, so make sure you know the facts before buying.
Cornwall is a place of hidden coves, sandy beaches, defunct tin mines, winding country lanes, and quaint old villages nestled in the hill-sides. Are houses cheap here? Find out by reading on....
Oxfordshire sleepy lanes and chocolate box villages are famous for their beauty, but are there any property bargains to be had?
An in-depth look at UHaul International, the corporation and their philosophy regarding business practices.
There are some huge differences between renting a house and renting an apartment! Guide to searching for a house to rent, including house hunting, determining how much rent you can afford, what to look for in a rental house, and how to crush the rental application process.
Mobile homes are an attractive buy for some folks because of the low cost but, when buying an older one, there are some pitfalls you should definitely avoid.
Renting an apartment after a bankruptcy can be a challenge, but it's not impossible. If you're concerned about finding a place after bankruptcy, here are 10 tips that will make your search easier.
Why is it a good idea for Brits to buy property in France after Brexit? 10 good reasons why British people (or anyone) would consider buying a home and moving to France for a better and cheaper life.
If you've ever wanted to buy a holiday home, there is plenty of choice at affordable prices is Hengar Manor Country Park near Bodmin, Cornwall in the far South West of England.
If you are trying to sell your home there are some easy things you can do to help you succeed. Give your house great kerb appeal, hide the pets and mask any unpleasant smells.
The beaches, the sun, the wildlife – Australia has it all. Discover 10 reasons why you should be planning your move to Australia to enjoy the high standard of living and laid back lifestyle.
A state court has absolved a real estate agent of wrongdoing after the investment properties she found for a client failed to return an adequate profit.
House prices in Devon range from very expensive through to comparatively cheap. But which towns are the most affordable? Check-out your favourite Devon locations...
In a competitive property market, agents fight tooth and nail using flyers & cold calls to find new leads. With online search changing the way consumers behave, it's time to embrace online marketing.
Do you like peace and quiet? A condo might be right for you. How about a total lack of privacy and nosy neighbors?
6 US companies' takes on prefabricated (modular) cottages and cabins, with pricing information and photos, from traditional log cabins, to strikingly modern, innovative designs. Updated for 2019.
Essex is a county of contrasts, part city, part rural idyll, part seaside, part dockland. House prices reflect this diversity, with massive differences from town to town. Curious to see what's cheap?
Buying a home is one of the best investments you'll ever make! A basic understanding of the process of buying a home will help make the buying process smoother, easier, and relatively stress free.
Moving to Japan can seem terrifying, but it's more doable than you think - as long as you have a sense of adventure and are willing to play by the rules.
Foreclosures are big business for banks. If you are in danger of missing a payment, you must get educated and learn what your rights are.
Are you considering moving to Maryland? If so, you should find out some of the great reasons to move to the fun and quirky town of Towson, Maryland.
Of all the low income housing programs, tax credit apartment, or income based apartments are the most hassle free. You will not find long waiting lists, and there are no lengthy application rituals like the ones associated with section 8 housing...
We used Opendoor to sell our Las Vegas home and it worked seamlessly for our needs. Here I share the mostly good facets of our experience and the reasons that a real estate service like this can work well for some home sellers.
Are you downsizing for a long-distance move? Most people at some point need to downsize. Often this happens when the children are grown and the house is too big for just one or two people, so a smaller home is desirable in a better locale.
Save up for a house down payment with a five year plan. Decide how much to save per month and where to put the money. This approach can be used to save up for a down payment while renting.
This article will explain the concept of pocket neighborhoods and the advantages of living in a smaller home.
Directions for integrating the benefits of owning a home and living in a recreational vehicle using methods that range from making an RV more livable to setting it up as part of an RV port configuration.
I learned from my Realtor the trick for selling a home fast involves just a few inexpensive improvements. This is a review of what I did that worked.
If you are working, but living paycheck to paycheck, it might be hard to afford the high cost of rent. Check out this guide to the top five cities with the lowest rental costs in the U.S., it may be worth it to relocate.
A manufactured home can be a great alternative for you if you are looking for the most square footage for the lowest price. The modern, residential-style construction and design of some of the better brands will surprise you if you haven't looked in...
Learn the basic principals of the master key system so that you can communicate intelligently with your security professional.
Some pointers to assist community associations in the bidding process, whether it’s building painting, roofs, concrete or any of a multitude of repair and replacement projects.
I am a mother of two preschoolers and a current resident of Northern Virginia. My husband and I searched all over the Northern Virginia area for a great place to raise our children.
So you've moved in your apartment and you have noticed a few issues. I am going to do my best to teach you how to overcome those issues by working with your property manager.
London is a popular destination for visitors, but what is it like to live there? This article gives the pros and cons of being a resident of England's capital city.
Toronto housing prices have increased rapidly over the past few years. It's important to examine the reasoning behind this and the policies we must consider to combat negative effects.
Learn how to easily increase your home's Zillow Zestimate. Zillow often lacks accurate information about a home, which can cause Zillow to calculate a Zestimate that is lower than it should be.
It wasn't easy, but I now have my own apartment. There was a lot to learn, and I wrote this guide to help other young people take that step.
As a former property management professional, I've gone over countless lease agreements, and I couldn't tell you how many times, in the midst of all the paperwork, I've heard the crack, "I feel like I'm signing my life away!" Given the pages and...
Are you trying to sell your home but not having any success? There are five reasons why a house or condo might fail to sell, and become an 'expired listing.
I move around quite a bit, and have generally found U-Haul’s U-Box to be a great solution. But when I had to move my stuff to Canada, there were some disappointing complications.
You've seen the photos of the sleek, warm, modern mobile homes. You've spent a weekend at the park. The salesman turned out to be your best friend. DO NOT SIGN THE CONTRACT!
Living in Japan has its own set of unique challenges. Learn more about these challenges and how to overcome them before you set out on your Asian adventure.
What is the value of your real estate? Do you have income-producing real estate and want to learn how to place a value on it?
Simply put, YOU should. Easements give or take away a right of usage and this is important to your quality of life and the enjoyment you have of your property.
Thinking about raising a family in a condo or apartment? Here's how I manage in a 1,200 square foot condo with my 3 and 5 year old daughters.
Explains the difference in different types of representation given by real estate agents available to buyers and sellers of property in the state of Florida.
Buying a house in Ireland? Whatever your reason to buy a house in Ireland, you first need to do your homework.
Proven marketing tips and tricks to get your home ready for a fast sale. The extra months of preparation will save you a lot of stress and anxiety once it is listed.
Surely one of the UK's cheapest counties, South Yorkshire is a property-buyer's dream location. Beautiful countryside, cosmopolitan towns and affordable property....
Hawaii, you say? Your new home will be in Hawaii, and you’re very excited about this. And why shouldn’t you be? After all, you’re moving to Paradise.
Here are 5 ways to improve the photography on your next real estate listing, whether you are a motivated seller or a professional real estate agent.
You have just accepted an offer on your home. Time to crack open the champagne? No, the real work has only just started.
Grimsby, on Lincolnshire's coastline, has some of the UK's cheapest houses. Other towns in the county are considerably more expensive. Learn more about Lincolnshire's property market ...
One of the few states in the entire United States that has not had major problems because of the Great Recession is North Dakota. The unemployment rate is less that half of the national average. There is a giant government surplus. There is opportunity for those who are willing to take a risk. While there is quite a bit of opportunity, there are also some important things that need to be taken into consideration.
Living in the Hudson River Valley right here in Ulster County, NY is an adventure in beauty, history, celebrity...just a really great place to be. Learn some of its history and celebrity.
A deeper-than-usual manual of how to deal with USPS Mail Forwarding (temporary, permanent, and Premium) with a side note on Hold Mail requests.
So what happens if you abandon your home and let it foreclose? This article will help you understand what the consequences will be if your home ends up being foreclosed. It will also give you an idea of what to expect and offer some options for those who want to try to save their homes and avoid foreclosure.
Some Canadian strata councils bully residents, steal money, and make unauthorized decisions. It is difficult to bring them to justice. Here's what you need to know...
Today, if we had the opportunity to pick up our house and put it anywhere else in the world, I am sure that both of us would decline the offer. Perseverance has paid off, and we now see the value of a slower lifestyle in a small community. The following are strategies that helped to ease the transition...and the more we apply them the happier we seem to be.
So, you're thinking about pursuing a career in Real Estate? You've heard a lot about the flexible schedule, being your own boss and the major commissions. Sounds perfect, right? Well, there is a lot to Real Estate that you must understand before you...
Amtrak Express Shipping is the cheapest way to move long distance on a budget. It is cheaper than hiring a moving company or renting a truck. Although its a little bit more effort, moving with Amtrak Express will get your stuff across the country cheaply.
Whether your goal is to sell your home for more money or to just sell it more quickly, focusing on the specific home improvement upgrades outlined in this article will help you obtain your goals.
Buying land in a foreign country like the Philippines can be an intimidating process. In this article, I'll outline the process my wife and I went through buying land in the province of Cebu. It took some patience and a lot of visits to government offices, but we are now proud land owners!
Home warranty service contracts provide additional service to your home appliances and systems. Costs are reasonable and budgetary. Having a service contract can add peace of mind to home ownership.
Eviction laws in San Francisco make it almost impossible for landlords and master tenants to evict problem renters. Here's some useful advice if you intend to try.
With house prices rising rapidly, you may be wondering whether to re-locate to another Sussex town to find your dream home. Here's some useful info to help you decide.
What is the first thought that comes to your mind as you ponder the question as to whether you would live in a mobile home? Before you answer, read on. If you're not sure and don't want to jump to any conclusions with a resounding "No," then you may...
When buying a home, purchasers look at construction, aesthetics, convenience, and weatherability. Seldom do they notice the geology. But in the wrong location, you could lose your home to floods.
Having an eviction or foreclosure on your credit can seriously impair your ability to rent another apartment or home. But don't give up.
I always dreamed of being able to move to a cabin in the mountains. This is how I did it. I lived there for thirteen years. Happy memories!
Virtually everyone has gone through the often stressful process of finding a new apartment a time or two. What are some things you should ask before signing your new lease?
Sedona Arizona hosts visitors from all over the world year around. The red rocks and Oak Creek Canyon have appeared in western films are among he world's most photographed locations. Stories of mystical happenings, locating a vortex of energy and new age retreats are well known.
This article provides a checklist of negative and positive things to look for when considering buying a home. Read on for more details.
Despite hot seller's markets throughout the country, some people still see their home languish on the market week after week, month after month. There are two main reasons a home doesn't sell.