How to Find (or Create) a Rent-to-Own Home

How to Find (or Create) a Rent-to-Own Home

Feverpitched/iStock Do you feel emotionally ready to buy a home, but your lack of capital or credit score has resigned you to renting? There is a middle ground: a rent-to-own home. This arrangement is a godsend to renters who want to build equity in a home without...
What Is a HUD Home? A Bargain With One Huge Catch

What Is a HUD Home? A Bargain With One Huge Catch

fizkes/iStock; hudhomestore.com If you’re hoping to score a deal while house hunting (and who isn’t?), one bargain-basement option well worth exploring is a HUD home. So what is that exactly? Simply put, a HUD home is a property owned by the U.S. Department of Housing...
Five Things I Wish I Knew Before I Built My House

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before I Built My House

Beth DeCarbo/The Wall Street Journal Construction on our new house was about half done when the plumber went out for nearly two weeks because a cut on his finger was badly infected. That held up the electricians, who needed to run wire for all the lights, outlets and...
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