How to Know When You're Ready to Buy

The squeeze is on for renters. Apartment rents are expected to rise 5.3% this year, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s about double last year's increase, and it's the highest jump since 2000. Until now, rents have seen slow growth over the past few years as the booming real estate market has lured away renters into homeownership.

But that's starting to change. Interest rates are rising and home price