Real Estate

We Just Put $15,000 Towards Our Mortgage Principal. And This Is What Happened.

We Just Put $15,000 Towards Our Mortgage Principal. And This Is What Happened.

Whether to pay off the mortgage early is one of the most controversial topics in the personal finance community. Some bloggers, such as Mr. Money Mustard Seed and Our Next Life, have found great peace of mind and financial freedom from paying off the mortgage […]

The Pain Of Home Ownership – Our $3,000 Headache

The Pain Of Home Ownership – Our $3,000 Headache

Water Upon arriving at the laundry room in our basement, I noticed a small patch of water on the floor and another patch in the carpet area near that room’s door. Part of me was puzzled “Where did the water come from?” I tried to […]

Why We Are Shopping For A Second House

Why We Are Shopping For A Second House

Decision on a whim This past weekend, Mr. FAF and I decided to get adventurous. We went to check out free new development communities in the DC areas. That’s right! We’re thinking about buying a second house. We sort of made that exploratory decision on […]

How We Manage Our Rental Property Out of State

How We Manage Our Rental Property Out of State

Have you ever wondered if you can buy a rental property in a faraway city where the housing prices are much lower than those where you live? I have entertained that thought from time to time, especially given the expensive real estate market in the […]

Real Estate Scam, Overpriced Stock Seminar & Investment Lessons

Real Estate Scam, Overpriced Stock Seminar & Investment Lessons

Have ever found yourself in a real estate scam and questioned your passion as a result? I once went to a supposedly free seminar at a fancy hotel only to find that it was the intro to a series of expensive courses on real estate […]

How This Family Slashed Their Mortgage Payment By $700/month

How This Family Slashed Their Mortgage Payment By $700/month

Mr. FAF and I bought our first home in early 2016. We went from being long-time renters to home owners over night. Though excited, we were also aware of the huge mortgage that we had gotten ourselves into to make one of our biggest dreams […]

A Landlord’s Worst Nightmare Comes True

A Landlord’s Worst Nightmare Comes True

Real estate investment is one area I have been itching to get into in the near future.  I’ve felt the urge to buy rental property ever since I was in college. That urge intensified after Mr. FAF and I bought our first home in DC […]

How To Save on Rent in Washington DC

How To Save on Rent in Washington DC

I moved to Washington DC almost four years ago for grad school and have been living in the area since. Before moving to the city, I had done some research on the cost of living in DC and worked like crazy to save up. But […]

How To Save On Furniture

How To Save On Furniture

Frugality enables Mr. FAF and me to simplify our priorities. Buying expensive furniture to adorn our house to the max is just not one of them. I am not a minimalist, and neither is Mr. FAF. We keep what we need and will need in the […]

How We Bought Our First Home

How We Bought Our First Home

I recently received an email from a reader asking for tips on how to buy a house in an expensive area like DC. It was my first time receiving a direct message from one of you. I was so excited I told Mr. FAF right […]

Why We Don’t Buy Home Warranty

Why We Don’t Buy Home Warranty

When Mr. FAF and I bought our first home, it came with a $459 home warranty plan purchased by the seller. By then we had never heard of or understood what home warranty was. “How is it different from home insurance?” We asked ourselves and […]

How To Navigate the DC Metro Housing Market

How To Navigate the DC Metro Housing Market

When Mr. FAF and I were looking to buy a house, we did a lot of research on the Washington DC metro area. We were young and wanted to locate to a big city with a lot of job opportunity. DC is THE place to go […]