Creating Better Spaces

I have good news and bad news. The good news is: I bought a house! I’m young to be a homeowner, but with a lot of hard work and some generosity on my family’s part, I was able to buy a property. I’m really excited to be able to save rent money while I get my career started.

But there’s bad news, too: I hate the place. I mean, I don’t totally hate it, or I wouldn’t have bought it in the first place. But I have to admit that, since I’ve moved in, the place hasn’t felt very comfortable. I think the problem might be with me. I feel like I’ve put my furniture in all of the wrong places, and like I’ve got too many toiletries cluttering up the bathroom, and things like that. Experts, can you help?

The How and Why of Maintaining a Home

I inherited a property somewhat recently. I know that makes me incredibly lucky and privileged, but I have to say that it feels like a bit of a pain right now. My parents are helping me out with things, and they keep calling with suggestions. For instance, they think I should fix certain things, improve others, get some other thing checked, and so on. However, I have no short-term plans for this property. I’m just holding onto it as an investment. Do I really need to be the star of my own HGTV show right now? Can’t I just do some minimal maintenance, come back to check on the house in a few years, and renovate it then?

The Real Deal on Real Estate

I don’t have to worry about where I live just yet, because I’m still living in the dorms here on campus. But I know that once I graduate I’ll have to start looking for an apartment or house to rent and – eventually – a place to buy. So I’m curious: what’s the deal with real estate? I know that’s a broad question, but I’m wondering why it is that so many people rent and then buy, rather than just renting forever, or trying to take out a big loan to buy a house as soon as possible. How does this all work? Is real estate a good investment or just a place to live?

Problem Property

My parents recently got divorced, which was pretty tough on the whole family. My father moved out of my childhood home, and decided to move into his own childhood home, which he had recently inherited. He obviously has a sentimental attachment to the property, but I’m really concerned about it. It’s very old and run-down, and I’m not sure it’s made of the sturdiest materials. I am afraid that it may literally fall down!

My dad says this is all nonsense, of course, and insists that old houses like this are “built tough” and “never fall down” – they used “better materials” back then, he says. But there are cracks in the walls and I’m very concerned. What should I do?