Nearly 70 percent of us own our homes. As adults, we'll change residences more than 10 times. Our homes define us, shelter us, and support us. Whether you want to find a new home, sell an old home, fix up your home, insure it, fireproof it, decorate it, or refinance it, the Web has all the information you need to accomplish these tasks, and much more. The findingDulcinea Homes Guide will lead you to the Where, the Which, and the How Much for your heart's desire.
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If you aren't quite ready to purchase a home but still want to find a new place to live, there are plenty of sites online that can help you find your dream rental property at a reasonable price.
- Classified ads in your local newspaper are a great place to look for rooms for rent or people looking for roommates. To find the Web site of your local paper just type the paper's name into a search engine like yahoo.com or ask.com.
To find a property to rent or to list a property ...
uses maps to show property listings by city or state. Properties are represented by little cartoon houses or apartment buildings. If an area on the map is too crowded with listings you'll see a "summary square" instead and can view individual maps of listings by limiting your search criteria. Search by price, number of rooms, or amenities.
uses Google Maps and Craigslist to show properties for rent on a map of the city of your choice. Properties are indicated by red and yellow flags (yellow-flagged properties have pictures). You can sort by price, city, date posted, bedroom count, or description.
will map your results as well as indicate which apartments have a cash back deal with the site (you'll get money back for renting through the site). View apartment floor plans and sort listings by amenities, location, or price. You'll have to create a free account to use all of the features on this site.
is the online place to go for rental classifieds. Choose your city from the list on the right side of this Web page and you'll have access to hundreds of listings. Landlords can place listings here for free (unless you live in New York City, then you'll be charged a fee). This is also a great place for those with a room to rent or for anyone new to a city looking to rent a room.
Tools for tenants ...
has a rent vs. buy calculator that can help you decide if your money might be better spent buying a new place rather than renting one.
is for you if you've ever wondered if you are paying a fair price for your rental. This site will have you enter your address and how much you pay in rent (or what you're thinking of paying for a potential rental) and it will let you know what other renters in your area are paying.
allows you to track what you and your roommates owe each other in rent, utilities, or whatever other expenses you split. Track costs as they accrue and payments as they are made.
Tools for landlords . . .
is a photo-oriented way to search Craigslist. On Craigslist you have to click on a posting to view any pictures of an item or property. With listpic you'll get your Craigslist results as photos; mouse over the pictures to see details of the listings and click on a photo for a complete description.
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