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Renting a Condo vs. an Apartment: What’s the Difference?
Renting a Condo vs. an Apartment: What’s the Difference?

Renting a Condo vs. an Apartment: What’s the Difference?

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By Cory Yaekel When you’re ready to move out on your own, but not yet ready to buy a home, you may have an option to choose between rental condos and rental apartments. If you are seriously planning to buy your own condo in a couple of years, renting one now will be a good…
Condo DIY: How to Paint a Room
Condo DIY: How to Paint a Room

Condo DIY: How to Paint a Room

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Are you planning to freshen up your condo for the spring with a new coat of paint? Check out these pro tips, reprinted from MyFirstApartment.com, before picking up the paint roller. By Emma Clark One of the least expensive tricks to change the look of your new apartment is to paint it. Just make sure…
What Every Condo Owner Should Know About Energy Tax Credits
What Every Condo Owner Should Know About Energy Tax Credits

What Every Condo Owner Should Know About Energy Tax Credits

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By Trevor McDonald As a condo owner you’ve probably heard about energy tax credits. They’re a huge selling point when you’re shopping for appliances, new windows or doors, or even thinking about finally installing solar panels or another alternative energy feature in your home. But what are they, and how do they work? The most…
Long Distance Move Comedy of Errors…and 10 Lessons Learned
Long Distance Move Comedy of Errors…and 10 Lessons Learned

Long Distance Move Comedy of Errors…and 10 Lessons Learned

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By Cole Mayer I’m never moving again. Let’s get that out of the way first. I’ve bought a home, I’ve moved out of my apartment, I’m done. The mistakes, bad luck and poor choices my wife and I made during the move from California to Idaho would impress Shakespeare. We learned plenty of lessons along…
7 Reasons Why Condo Living Is The Best Option for Newlyweds
7 Reasons Why Condo Living Is The Best Option for Newlyweds

7 Reasons Why Condo Living Is The Best Option for Newlyweds

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By Patricia Evans Your marriage is a contract like no other and starting your life together has its challenges. If you’re searching the market for your first home, condo living is an option you should consider. It takes out many of the headaches and conflicts that a single home ownership might introduce into the relationship.…
Infographic: 50 Ways to Save Energy
Infographic: 50 Ways to Save Energy

Infographic: 50 Ways to Save Energy

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By Justin Barisich The beauty of condo living is that you get the benefits of both home ownership and apartment renting. You have a prime location in the area of your choice, community living with nearby neighbors, a reduction of unused space and costs, and most of the unwanted home chores taken care of by…
Condo Owner’s Dilemma: How to Deal with Problem Neighbors
Condo Owner’s Dilemma: How to Deal with Problem Neighbors

Condo Owner’s Dilemma: How to Deal with Problem Neighbors

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By Emily Harper Are you having problems with your new condo neighbor? Unlike in a rental, moving out at the end of the lease is not an option so you have to learn to deal with the problem neighbor. If left unresolved, neighbor issues can make everyone’s life stressful but many new condo owners may…
How to Prepare Emotionally for Buying Your First Condo
How to Prepare Emotionally for Buying Your First Condo

How to Prepare Emotionally for Buying Your First Condo

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By Dan Bergman Buying a condo or co-op is exciting, but there’s also a deeply emotional element to the process, especially for first-time buyers. However, if you know what to expect, you’ll be better able to deal with the ups and downs. Here’s how I counsel my clients. Prepare to Compromise Keep in mind that…
7 Easy Tricks to Give Your Condo a Budget Facelift for Spring
7 Easy Tricks to Give Your Condo a Budget Facelift for Spring

7 Easy Tricks to Give Your Condo a Budget Facelift for Spring

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By Alisa Helly Thinking of sprucing up your home for spring? We are here to help you do so on budget with a few simple but effective tricks. 1. Rearrange Your Furniture and Accessories One of the best ways to better your home is by smartly rearranging the stuff you already have. Begin by piling…
Buying a Condo: How to Start Your Research Online
Buying a Condo: How to Start Your Research Online

Buying a Condo: How to Start Your Research Online

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By Ali Donoghue Contrary to what you may have heard, real estate isn’t immune to the information age. Beyond cat memes and up-to-the-second sports scores, the internet offers access to information that previously was not easily available to home buyers. For example, my brokerage, Redfin, has a website with home listings updated every 15 minutes…