Tagged With housing

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One big lesson we learned from the housing crisis: Don't buy more home than you can afford. There are a handful of rules for figuring out what that amount is, but this one considers the additional costs, beyond home price. With this rule, all of your housing-related expenses should be no more than 25 per cent of your gross income.

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The house I grew up in had a pretty limited square meterage, something I notice every time I visit my parents. It's essentially a two bedroom house with what amounts to a storage closet converted into a third bedroom when absolutely needed. The living room is very small and the kitchen is pretty tiny as well.

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The latest statistics on housing price changes in Australia suggest there's not much changing. The only shifts above 1 per cent in the last quarter were in Perth, which went up 1.8 per cent, and Canberra, which fell 1.1 per cent, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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Dear Lifehacker, I did a careful inspection of my new apartment, signed the lease, and moved in . . . but once I was there, problems cropped up left and right. How can I hold my landlord accountable for stuff that looked OK during the inspection, but fell apart after normal use? Thanks, Frustrated Tenant

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US-centric: Find potential roommates with Google maps mashup webapp Roomapes. To list your residence, enter a profile complete with rent amount, housing situation, listing description, and a picture. Search for available shares by geographic region or by zip code. Text listings (without the Google Maps) are also available. Roomapes is free and requires an email address to post yourself as an roommate who is seeking a new dig or to manage your listing. If you're looking for a new apartment, also consider previously mentioned Google Maps/Craigslist Mashup MapsKreig. Roomapes