Houses

House Hunters International, Billfold Edition: The Writing On The Wall

We’re looking at small flats in East London, because who needs stuff anyway, right?

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The Cost of DIYing Your Floors

With a little research and some home improvement store wandering, we settled on staining the concrete. If we hated it, at least it wouldn’t be expensive and could delay the big flooring purchase for a while.

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Making Money in Real Estate: Crazy / Not Crazy / If Trump Can Do It …

I don’t really know anyone who does this, who puts money in real estate rather than mutual funds, who buys property beyond the property they need to live in. Anyone besides Donald Trump, I guess I should say, and he’s not exactly my kind of role model.

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Gentrification Turns 50! Aristocratization Turns 6

The city that once turned on its aristocrats and fed them to guillotines has decided, again, to take a stand against rapacious, unchecked capitalism.

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My Not-So-Great Grandfather And The Great Depression

As a 19 year old, he was the main breadwinner for the family.

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A Plot of Land of One’s Own

Bus shelters, horse boxes, reservoir tanks – I look and think, Yes. I could live in that.

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What Is It About Americans and Excess

We are a country of selfies and self-loathing, lottery tickets for the poor and mega mansions for the rich.

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Iceland Forgives Mortgage Debts in a Year of Jubilee

Basically, during the crisis, the amount of money that people owed on their adjustable mortgages jumped up significantly during a period of rapid inflation. So now the government of Iceland is forgiving the debt—or at least the percentage of the debt that was incurred as a result of the inflation.

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In Defense of Small Cheap Cities

Living in Hartford, I still see art and music, and I get to live in a city, and my rent is about one third of what I would pay for an equivalent apartment in Brooklyn.

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Ready to Buy? Get Ready to Move

Prices in areas favored by Millennials are only 6.1% higher than in 2013. Great, right? Except Millennials still can’t afford to buy.

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