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

- 4 min read

It’s easier to get a mortgage than you think

Renters stay renters often because they overestimate the difficulty of qualifying for a mortgage. Many are surprised that they can buy a home immediately.

- 4 min read

How trade wars affect the housing market

Trade wars, ironically, can help the housing market by inducing rock-bottom rates. But they can also make building materials more expensive, driving up home prices. Are trade wars a net benefit for home buyers?

- 5 min read

5 reasons NOT to buy a house [INFOGRAPHIC]

Not everyone is cut out to own a home. There are risks involved with this purchase. You could lose money. You’ll be responsible for upkeep and repairs. And some people make better homeowner candidates than others.