A Conversation with a Photographer Who Earns $50,000 a Year

Grant: I'm 28, live in Chicago, Ill. My fiancé and I just moved to a neighborhood called Logan Square last weekend. I am a photographer.

WWYD: I Paid My Rent, I Swear

Today on "WWYD," paying your rent, but still seeing the money in your account.

Desirable Attributes in Apartments

Apartment hunting in NYC is great because really all you have to ask yourself is: Am I comfortable here? And it doesn't matter what the answer is.

Things Work Out (As They Do)

I borrow money from a friend to pay rent, and he gets $20. Win/win.

Short on Rent

A friend called me last night to ask what to do when you're short on rent.

The Future of Renting Your Room for the Short-Term

I like the service Airbnb is trying to provide. Is it contributing to higher rental prices in cities like San Francisco and New York and pricing out locals? Unclear. Does it provide an unsafe environment for neighbors concerned with strangers coming into buildings—another maybe, and Craiglist has already filled that role for some time now. We'll have to see what happens to Warren, and what the lobbyists end up accomplishing.

Cheap Living in Berlin

Next American City has a very interesting post looking at Berlin's history, and why rent there has remained so low, compared to other major cities.

Sometimes Things Stay The Same, Unfortunately

This morning I wrote a rent check for $700. I only have $684 in my bank account (so close, yet).

14 Birds Who Bounced Their Rent Check

Birds.

Rental Payment History

I'm not sure if there's a lesson here besides: Make sure you have easy access to copies of major payments you've made somewhere. Thankfully, Chase had electronic copies of two years' worth of checks online.

DIY Historic Home Preservation

Some states can't afford the upkeep on all of the buildings they own, so they have started letting people live in them for free if they agree to fix them up.

Guy Has Mortgage, Tells All

I like being able to do whatever I want to my place. And feel like I've made a Grown-Up Investment. It's only lousy when I need to fix something and pay for it myself, but that doesn't happen super often.