Residential Real Estate - Own / Keep

Relations with Your Neighbors

When you own your home, you often plan on living there for a long time. Good relations with your neighbors can make that time enjoyable. But sometimes the act.... Read more

Owning and Keeping Chickens

To raise chickens in a residential area, you will need to comply with local ordinances. For a list of ordinances by state and municipality, see this link. The.... Read more

Insurance Coverage for Flood Damage

The devastation caused by superstorm Sandy inspired many homeowners to take a fresh look at their insurance coverage, especially flood damage. A third of U.S..... Read more

Residential Real Estate - Own / Keep

Must I Rent to a Sex Offender?

Our society is terrified of sex offenders, and has enacted many laws including requiring registration and restricting where they can be and live. In fact, there are many more laws restricting sex offe... Read more

New Rules for Reverse Mortgages

For many retired homeowners, a reverse mortgage sounds like a good idea. Today’s retirees are less likely to have a pension or enough money saved for retirement. A reverse mortgage can turn your home ... Read more

Can I Smoke in My Own Apartment?

It is getting harder and harder to find a place to smoke cigarettes. Smoking is not allowed in many workplaces; in many retail establishments like stores, restaurants and bars; and in many public plac... Read more

Can My Landlord Shut Off My Utilities

In most situations, your landlord is not allowed to cut off your utilities. A landlord who wants you to leave can evict you under the terms of the lease or rental agreement, but cannot cut off your ut... Read more

New Rules Will Make Mortgages Safer

The residential foreclosure crisis has claimed nearly 4 million U.S. homes since 2008. At the start of 2013, it looks like the worst is over. The number of homes in the foreclosure process has reached... Read more

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