4 Reasons to Not Renew Your Rental Lease

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The renter is kind of like the cowboy of the real estate market: Wild and free. (And wearing a cool hat.)

Not to imply that renters don’t want security, or longevity. They just retain the right to move. Like, say, if the house suddenly becomes haunted, or a ’90s grunge revival band moves in next door.

And that’s the beauty of renting. Sure, you may not have equity, but you also have <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/renting-or-buying-which-is-best-173925/" target="_blank…

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The renter is kind of like the cowboy of the real estate market: Wild and free. (And wearing a cool hat.)

Not to imply that renters don’t want security, or longevity. They just retain the right to move. Like, say, if the house suddenly becomes haunted, or a ’90s grunge revival band moves in next door.

And that’s the beauty of renting. Sure, you may not have equity, but you also have <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/renting-or-buying-which-is-best-173925/" target="_blank…

Homeowners twice as house rich as five years ago

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The amount of equity homeowners now have has doubled in the last five years, according to CoreLogic….

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The amount of equity homeowners now have has doubled in the last five years, according to CoreLogic….

Real Housewife of Atlanta Porsha Williams Buys a Mansion Near NeNe Leakes

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A new “Real Housewife of Atlanta” has arrived in a gated community outside Atlanta — and she’s not even the area’s first.

Porsha Williams paid $1.15 million for a mansion on the same golf course as fellow “RHOA” NeNe Leakes, TMZ was first to report.

The drama factor is sure to rise with two housewives living lar…

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A new “Real Housewife of Atlanta” has arrived in a gated community outside Atlanta — and she’s not even the area’s first.

Porsha Williams paid $1.15 million for a mansion on the same golf course as fellow “RHOA” NeNe Leakes, TMZ was first to report.

The drama factor is sure to rise with two housewives living lar…

3 Things to Do When Your Neighbors List Their Home for Sale

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Most people think their real estate concerns end once they’ve closed on and moved into their new homes. But given the constant access to information and the changing nature of society today, smart homeowners know that their real estate awareness should continue after the closing.

When a neighbor’s house goes on the market, there can be some important implications for you. Here are some tips for staying real estate aware.

Document important disclosure items

For the most …

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Most people think their real estate concerns end once they’ve closed on and moved into their new homes. But given the constant access to information and the changing nature of society today, smart homeowners know that their real estate awareness should continue after the closing.

When a neighbor’s house goes on the market, there can be some important implications for you. Here are some tips for staying real estate aware.

Document important disclosure items

For the most …

Millennials: Ready to Buy a Second Home and Rent Out Your First?

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There comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when it’s just time to move on to the next home. Maybe it’s because of a job change, the arrival of a kid (or more kids), a marriage or divorce, or you just don’t like where you live anymore.

Many millennial homeowners – who represent half of all home buyers these days, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report  – are rea…

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There comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when it’s just time to move on to the next home. Maybe it’s because of a job change, the arrival of a kid (or more kids), a marriage or divorce, or you just don’t like where you live anymore.

Many millennial homeowners – who represent half of all home buyers these days, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report  – are rea…

All the single ladies are shaking up this real estate market

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In the past year, single women made up 17 percent of all homebuyers, purchasing at twice the rate of single men….

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In the past year, single women made up 17 percent of all homebuyers, purchasing at twice the rate of single men….

Making the Most of an Open House Visit

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Open houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come.

The average buyer attends three open houses, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, a survey of more than 13,000 homeowners, sellers, buyers, and renters. Seventy-one percent of all buyers attend at least open house, and first-time buyers are even …

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Open houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come.

The average buyer attends three open houses, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, a survey of more than 13,000 homeowners, sellers, buyers, and renters. Seventy-one percent of all buyers attend at least open house, and first-time buyers are even …

11 Fall Maintenance Tasks to Do This Weekend

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By Shannon Ireland

Scents of pumpkin spice lattes and warm apple cider have started to fill the air, sweaters populate the fronts of closets, and trees prepare to unveil the full extent of their beauty by changing leaf colors from green to vibrant hues.

But before you cozy up with a fleece blanket and your favorite horror film, it’s crucial to tackle a few home maintenance projects.

Why is seasonal maintenance important?

The answer is simple: Seasonal ma…

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By Shannon Ireland

Scents of pumpkin spice lattes and warm apple cider have started to fill the air, sweaters populate the fronts of closets, and trees prepare to unveil the full extent of their beauty by changing leaf colors from green to vibrant hues.

But before you cozy up with a fleece blanket and your favorite horror film, it’s crucial to tackle a few home maintenance projects.

Why is seasonal maintenance important?

The answer is simple: Seasonal ma…

Favorite Halloween Traditions of the Past and Present

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No matter how many great political or lion-eating-dentist costumes we’ll see this year, being an adult at Halloween can be a bit of a bummer. Between obligatory “clever” costumes and the egregious lack of candy at most adult-themed Halloween parties, there’s not a lot of giddiness left in the holiday for the grownups.

In hono…

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No matter how many great political or lion-eating-dentist costumes we’ll see this year, being an adult at Halloween can be a bit of a bummer. Between obligatory “clever” costumes and the egregious lack of candy at most adult-themed Halloween parties, there’s not a lot of giddiness left in the holiday for the grownups.

In hono…

Tour the Haunted Ghost Town That Could Be All Yours (If You Dare)

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Looking for someplace to spend quiet time alone? This deserted Connecticut mill town is just the ticket – as long as you don’t mind the company of a few ghosts.

Johnsonville, which is actually located in the midst of East Haddam, was a small, but thriving mill town established in 1802. The community was home to the Neptune Twine and Cord Mill that made binding rope for fishing, and used the Moodus River nearby as a power source.

“Back in the day, the mills would create t…

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Looking for someplace to spend quiet time alone? This deserted Connecticut mill town is just the ticket – as long as you don’t mind the company of a few ghosts.

Johnsonville, which is actually located in the midst of East Haddam, was a small, but thriving mill town established in 1802. The community was home to the Neptune Twine and Cord Mill that made binding rope for fishing, and used the Moodus River nearby as a power source.

“Back in the day, the mills would create t…