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One Reason to Renew: Staying Put Can Save Renters Thousands of Dollars a Year, New Study Says

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Your landlord just sent a lease renewal form, but you’re not sure you want to sign it again this year. The rent is going up, the parking situation sucks, and the upstairs neighbors always seem to drag furniture across the floor in those fleeting seconds between consciousness and sleep.

Still, you’re wary of breaking the cardinal rule of renting: Don’t give up a decent, affordable apartment if you don’t have to. A new study shows just how costly bucking that conventional wisdom can be.

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Posted on Jul 17, 2017

Celebrate Your Freedom: 7 Reasons NOT to Buy a Home

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While buying a home often seems like the mark of adulthood and stability, there are plenty of reasons home ownership is not all it’s cracked up to be. So whether you aren’t in a position to buy a home at this point or you just aren’t sure about taking the plunge, here are some reasons to celebrate your non-homeowner freedom.

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Posted on Jul 9, 2017

Do You Know Difference Between a Hard Loft and a Soft Loft?

Like most budding writers, my childhood dream involved moving to New York City and living in an airy and oh-so fabulous loft apartment. Little did I know at the time, I’d been coveting a hard loft while looking at soft lofts and had no idea there was even a distinction. In fact, if we’re really being honest, I didn’t learn the difference between a hard loft and a soft loft until I started house hunting as an adult.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2017

Forget Avocado Toast: Here’s How Long It Takes Millennials to Save for a Down Payment

Contrary to what some might believe, avocado toast isn’t what’s keeping Millennials from buying houses—rather, a shortage of affordable homes is stopping prospective homebuyers from their purchasing dreams, no doubt combined with things like student debt (according to Forbes , more than 44 million people face a total of $1.3 trillion of student debt, more than any other kind of debt, outside of mortgages).

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Posted on Jun 28, 2017

Old Bathtubs Aren’t Impossible to Clean, You’re Just Not Doing it Right

Anyone who has ever rented an apartment (or at least one that wasn’t totally brand new with a sparkly-clean bathroom) has felt the struggle of dealing with an old, not-quite-clean bathtub. If it seems like no matter how much elbow grease you put into it, your rental’s bathtub still has stains—like you know it is clean, but it doesn’t ever look clean—it might just be that you haven’t tried the right solution yet. You’re going to need more than your typical bathroom cleaner spray to get the job done.

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Posted on Jun 28, 2017

New Yorkers Share the Weirdest, Most Frustrating Things About Their Apartments

Living in New York City often means expensive rent and little space, but sometimes apartments here are…an experience, to say the least. It seems like everyone lives in a building that has its quirks—things like strange-but-creative ways of fitting appliances in, weird structural features, odd smells, and more. Even the best apartments—the ones no one would dare give up their leases on—have their own interesting shortcomings. So, we asked New Yorkers to share their weirdest apartment stories.

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Posted on Jun 27, 2017

What Most People Don’t Know About Renter’s Insurance

There’s a lot about the roommate experience that can be tricky. Like chores , chores and, uh… chores . But even after you’ve mastered homekeeping, there are still some things about sharing a home that may come as a surprise. For example, your roommate’s renter’s insurance policy might not cover your stuff.

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Posted on Jun 26, 2017

This Boston “Studio” Is A Glorified Dorm Room for $1295

In this week’s episode of “So You Think Your Place is Small?” we bring you this “renovated” studio in Boston’s tony exurb of Brookline, wedged just between all of the urban universities and the suburban ones in the city of 1,000 colleges.

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Posted on Jun 26, 2017

Smart Apartment Hunting: Know the Perks that Drive Rent Up the Most

No matter where you live, everyone dreams of scoring an affordable apartment with awesome amenities. Whether it’s a proper doorman or a shared laundry room, for many of us, the communal comforts offered in an apartment building is what makes or breaks the decsion on whether or not we’ll live there.

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Posted on Jun 26, 2017

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