Category Archives: Home Ownership

DIY Projects for 2014

When you own a home you need to be prepared to tackle some home improvement jobs yourself.  If you’re going to call in a professional every time you need a drain snaked or a light switch replaced then you’re going to be spending a fortune on home repairs.  Wouldn’t you rather be investing that money… Continue Reading

Tips for Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

We just bought our house a little over a year ago and since we took out a thirty year mortgage to pay for it I still have about 29 years of payments remaining.  I’ll be 65 then and I’d rather not have to worry about making a monthly mortgage payment when we’re in our sixties.… Continue Reading

What’s Your Property Tax Rate?

Every year when it arrives in my mailbox, it makes my heart skip a beat: sweaty palms, rapid pulse, shallow breathing and all. I'm talking about my property tax bill – and while I know I've got the expenses covered thanks to my escrow account, it still takes me a few moments to realize that… Continue Reading

Housing Mistakes I Won’t Make Again

The first time my husband and I purchased a home, we were naive. We were in our early 20s, less than a year in to our careers, and eager to buy our chunk of the American Dream. Of course, then the American Dream disintegrated, leaving home owners like us in the midst of a housing… Continue Reading

Does A 15-Year Mortgage Make Sense?

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, my husband and I are currently in the process of selling our current home and buying a new one. It’s a process that’s been full of more than a few headaches, and – quite frankly – one that I can’t wait to end. Now, we’re starting to consider… Continue Reading

The Costs of Rental Property

Owning a rental property can be a great investment, but it is important to remember that there are a lot of costs involved.  If you are considering owning one, you should look at your potential costs involved, such as a mortgage (use a mortgage payments calculator to figure out your costs), property taxes (check with… Continue Reading

Making Money In The Real Estate Market

Making money in the real estate market is not that difficult if you use the tips listed below. Pay attention to the location It can be really difficult trying to find a property to invest in that will be a money maker for you. A lot of people have lost their money buying real estate… Continue Reading

True Cost of Home Ownership

Leave a Comment Everyone who rents gets sick of it eventually. And then the renters begin to dream.  They begin to dream of the day when they will no longer have to live their lives subject to the whim of a landlord. That dream usually manifests itself in the form of home ownership. However, there… Continue Reading