In most markets, rent is too darn high

Although renting an apartment or home makes a lot of sense for some people, escalating rent prices are eating up a significant portion of renters’ income, according to a Zillow analysis of U.S. rental and mortgage affordability in the second quarter. Renters can expect to spend 30 percent of their income on rent — the highest percentage we have seen to date …

20 tips to be a successful landlord in 2015

Being a landlord comes with a lot of demands — creating lease agreements, screening tenants, shelling out eviction notices, following fair housing laws and marketing — that can easily become overwhelming, especially for first-timers and owners of mul…

When it comes to real estate, location is important — but so is timing

Millions of buyers who took advantage of the federal homebuyer tax credit in 2009 and bought a home before the housing market officially tanked would have been better off financially if they had continued to rent …

Seller’s market sizzles this summer, according to Fannie Mae

An increase in housing supply in a seller’s market, combined with rising rental costs, are encouraging potential homebuyers to leave the sidelines, according to Fannie Mae’s monthly housing survey …

More millennials are living in single-family homes

Much has been written in recent years about the millennial generation and the challenges young people face in getting a mortgage loan, but whether today’s young adults choose to dip their toes into homeownership or rent their homes, one thing is clear: They prefer to live in single-family homes in either scenario …

Seeking home price appreciation? Head west to find it

While recent reports’ home price appreciation data and methodology differs, various sources agree that overall values are rising — with markets in the West leading the way …

What’s holding back Hispanic homeownership?

A nonprofit think tank that studies shifts in consumer demand said that in 2007, the Hispanic homeownership rate peaked at nearly 50 percent, but it has been in decline ever since. Nearly 4 million Hispanics would like to purchase a home the next time they move, but only 1.5 million are financially prepared to do so, according to the report, “Hispanics & Home Ownership: Closing the Gap.” …

Delaying homeownership could be costly decision for potential buyers

Potential homebuyers who are renting while they put off buying a home could lose thousands of dollars by not taking advantage of current interest rates and home prices, according to a recent realtor.com report …

New York Times raises the bar on rent vs. buy calculators

The New York Times has unveiled an updated rent vs. buy calculator that factors in assumptions about how home values and investment income would appreciate over time, in addition to a wide array of other homeownership and renting costs. “The …

Can foreclosure buyer raise rents on tenants?

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