Homes: Buying vs. Renting
Homes: Buying vs. Renting

on August 31, 2011

Plenty of calculators around the Web are supposed to help you decide whether to rent or buy. There’s only one problem: They probably won’t help much.

How You Can Capitalize on Home Equity for Retirement
How You Can Capitalize on Home Equity for Retirement

on October 5, 2021

There are several ways to make good use of your home’s value as you head into this chapter of your life.

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The 10 Best States for Homeowners

on September 29, 2021

Based on home values, property taxes, closing costs and several other metrics, these are the best places to be a homeowner right now.

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The 10 Best Cities for Buying and Renting a Home

on August 20, 2021

A close look at the price-to-rent ratio in the 50 largest U.S. cities identifies where it makes sense to rent — and where you should buy instead.

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3 Strategies for Homebuyers to Reduce Expenses and Build Wealth

on December 8, 2020

With some creative thinking and flexibility, housing could go from a big expense to a monthly moneymaker.

10 Reasons Renting Is Better Than Buying a Home
10 Reasons Renting Is Better Than Buying a Home

on November 23, 2020

Homeowning has its benefits. But there are compelling reasons — cost, for one — why renting may be smarter.

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13 Cities Where Renting Is Cheaper Than Owning a Home

on June 17, 2020

Homeownership has its perks. But owning is not always affordable. In these cities, it’s cheaper to rent.

How Much It Costs to Rent a 1-Bedroom Home in the 49 Biggest U.S. Cities
How Much It Costs to Rent a 1-Bedroom Home in the 49 Biggest U.S. Cities

on October 18, 2019

Renting has its pros and cons, but some cities are a lot more expensive for apartment dwellers than other areas.

How Much Is a Starter Home in Your State These Days?
How Much Is a Starter Home in Your State These Days?

on August 23, 2019

Can you afford a starter home? That depends a lot on where you buy.

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15 U.S. Cities With High Hidden Homeownership Costs

on August 6, 2019

In some cities, these often overlooked homeowner expenses total more than $1,000 a month.

10 States Where Homeownership Pays Off the Best
10 States Where Homeownership Pays Off the Best

on July 31, 2019

These states offer good value for homeowners. Decent prices, strong price appreciation and outdoor recreation often beckon beyond the major metros.

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10 Steps to Finding Your Dream Home

on May 29, 2019

For most of us, buying a home is the biggest purchase of our lives. Here’s how to approach it with sense and confidence.

Trying to Build Wealth? Buying a Home Might Be a Mistake
Trying to Build Wealth? Buying a Home Might Be a Mistake

on June 15, 2017

Should you buy or rent your next home? The answer might surprise you.

Are Retirees Better Off Renting a Home?
Are Retirees Better Off Renting a Home?

on April 22, 2016

To buy or to rent? It’s a question many people ask at least once in their lives, but the answer can be more complicated for retirees.

5 Home-Buying Cliches You Should Not Believe
5 Home-Buying Cliches You Should Not Believe

on May 11, 2015

“Home values always rise” and other misconceptions that can lead you to make expensive mistakes in purchasing real estate.

Renting vs. Buying: Which Is Cheapest Where You Live?
Renting vs. Buying: Which Is Cheapest Where You Live?

on June 18, 2014

There’s no one-size-fits-all way to know if renting or buying a home will be cheaper in the long run. But it’s easy to find out which works best in your town.

Buy a Home or Rent? A New Calculator Can Help You Decide
Buy a Home or Rent? A New Calculator Can Help You Decide

on May 23, 2014

A New York Times interactive calculator helps you weigh which option is best for you.

Buying a Home Increasingly Beats Renting, Zillow Says
Buying a Home Increasingly Beats Renting, Zillow Says

on April 30, 2014

There’s new evidence that buying a home is a better financial decision than renting after just two years in many locations.

Ask Stacy: Am I Too Old to Buy a Home?
Ask Stacy: Am I Too Old to Buy a Home?

on March 25, 2014

A reader is thinking of buying a home, but wonders if she’s a little long in the tooth to start the process.

Homeownership Is Cheaper Than Renting in Many Cities
Homeownership Is Cheaper Than Renting in Many Cities

on March 10, 2014

A new report finds that, on average, buying a home costs 38 percent less than renting across 100 metro areas.

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