“Would You Rather?” Real Estate Edition

Would you rather live in the shoebox or in the Startup Castle? Or perhaps you’d like to see what’s behind Door #3?

How Important Is It To Love Your Living Situation?

MIKE: “I like my apartment, but I don’t love it.” ESTER: “Have you ever loved an apartment?”

When Down Payments Grow On Family Trees

If young adults held out until we ourselves could afford down payments as well as closing costs, fees, and mortgage payments, far fewer of us would buy property. But let’s not pretend the system is fair.

House-hunters Int’l, Billfold-Edition: What I Wish I’d Known

“I yelled at my mortgage broker who had cancer,” a normally sage friend told me. “I still think about that sometimes, seven years later. But she was dragging her feet!”

House Hunters International, Billfold Edition: The Final Chapter

The saga ended with the seller insisting on needing three weeks to move out, which triggered a moment of blackout rage where I offered them cold hard cash to get the hell out of my flat.

Getting a Mortgage: The Inside Story

My husband and I were responsible, tax-paying honor students, the kind of urban, young professionals accustomed to benefiting from, while simultaneously feeling guilty about, our hetero- and white privilege. This was probably the first significant time in our lives we had heard the word “No.”

12 Mortgage Terms You Should Probably Know About

A Guide to Maybe, Someday Buying a Home

The process of buying a home can seem overwhelming to those of us who haven’t gone through it before. So as any good millennial would do, I decided the first place to start my investigation would be with some good, old-fashioned crowdsourcing. I asked more than a dozen friends who’ve made the plunge in the past couple years about where to get started.

And on the Eighth Offer, We Got a House

In October 2012, my husband and I had established careers in our town, a down payment saved, and a big student loan and a truck paid off. We were ready to buy a house, and our lease was up, so we packed up our stuff and moved into a small apartment that came with a six-month lease that turned month-to-month.

“If You Don’t Have Tchotchkes, I Don’t Trust You”: Celebrity Real Estate Wisdom

Lessons Learned From Condo Life

I bought my first home in 2012—way earlier than I ever expected to—with the help of a clutchcity program designed to get people like me into permanent taxpayer status. As a first-time homeowner I had a dream house in mind (two stories, kitchen island, guest bedroom, backyard, puppy), but as a 28-year-old who had only ever rented and who earned a salary low enough to qualify for down-payment assistance, all the reasonable voices in my life (my mother, real estate agents, lenders) kept suggesting a condo might be a better way to make the transition from renter to homeowner.

The Post-Modern One-Percenter Version of the Brady Bunch

The story is that the ex wants to move out but doesn’t have the financial wherewithal to do so. So, until Levy can sell the mansion-like apartment where the entire brood currently lives, she and Lipman are stuck sharing a kitchen and squabbling over inanities.

House-Hunters International, Billfold Edition: Six Stages of Grief, & An Intermission

When house-hunting, the system makes you its bitch. You can’t hack this. You just have to put everything else on hold and do what they damn well tell you to do. Keep your eyes on the East London prize.

$100 Million For An Apartment & It’s Not Even Pretty

What will said oligarchs and financiers get for their zeros? Space. Some amenities. A view. The knowledge that they are blocking out the sun, much like Mr. Burns once did in Springfield, before he came to a bad end.

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?