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Don't Let These People Derail Your New Home Sale

By Brendon Desimone A listing agent may have shown a prospective buyer a specific house two or three times. Now the buyer wants another showing, which is surely a good sign that she's ready to make an offer. The buyer also tells the agent that she wants to bring her new boyfriend, best friend, out-of-town parents or... Continue Reading »

Easy Steps to Going Green in Your Apartment

Dear Apartment Guru, It seems like you usually answer inter-personal questions -- but my question is just about being a renter. Especially since this oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I am really concerned about ways I can make my apartment more environmentally polite. But most of what I am finding that might actually... Continue Reading »

Ways (Not) to Attract the Opposite Sex: Men Speak Out

When you invite a hot date back to your place, do you think your gentleman caller will find that your apartment is as ready for love as the two of you are? Take a look around to see if your apartment is hot or just ... well ... a hot mess. Follow these suggestions from men around the country on ways to make your place... Continue Reading »

Online Rental Scams to Avoid

Sure, we've already discussed how to avoid a Craiglist rental scam. But there are even less obvious ones to be concerned about. You know the ones -- they don't immediately send chills, but seem like a very tempting, rare opportunities. These are the "lure listings." They will bite you if you aren't careful! Here are five... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Make the Apartment Search Less Painful

Dear Apartment Guru, I have been looking for a new place to live and it has been one ordeal after another. I know apartment hunting is hard, but does it have to be this soul-crushing? I don't have to move but I really want to. Any tips for how to make looking for an apartment less depressing and stressful? I'd appreciate... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Obsessive Safety Concerns

Dear Apartment Guru, A friend of mine died several years ago from carbon monoxide poisoning in a home equipped with a faulty detector. When I was little, two of my cousins were in a terrifying house fire that started because of faulty electrical wiring -- one cousin was badly burned. I know that these things have helped... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: The Drug Dealer Next Door

Dear Apartment Guru, I live in Sonoma County, Calif. and have a problem with the management here at my apartment complex. First, it's a government run (HUD), 55-and-older senior complex, but a lot of people under 55 live here because of its HUD status. Well, there are drug dealers living in this complex (they are... Continue Reading »

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