Erik J. Martin

Erik J. Martin, contributor

Erik J. Martin has written on real estate, business, tech and other topics for Reader's Digest, AARP The Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune.

Articles by Erik J. Martin

- 5 min read

What the experts say: Should you become a landlord?

You own a home and have to move. or you see a great deal on a rental. But do you have the experience, money and temperament to deal with tenants? Should you become a landlord?

- 4 min read

Millennials are loving FHA home loans (Here’s why)

Many buyers in their twenties and thirties are now looking to buy a home. But they’re worried about higher interest rates and saving enough for the down payment. That’s why many turn to borrower-friendly options like FHA home loans. This loan requires only 3.5 percent down to those who qualify.

- 4 min read

Home renovation: Expect the unexpected

Nearly half of those have ever bought a home experienced an unexpected home renovation during the first year. Here’s how to prepare for the unexpected.

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Good news for home buyers: It’s a buyer’s m

If you’ve been looking for a home to buy, you have probably been frustrated by the tight seller’s market. But the tide is turning and now it’s a buyer’s market in many parts of the country.