Robyn A Friedman

Robyn A. Friedman is an award-winning freelance writer and copywriter in South Florida who has been writing about real estate and personal finance for over two decades. Robyn is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and her work also appears regularly in New Home Source, Commercial Property Executive, Multi-Housing News, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Ocean Drive and City & Shore magazine. A former real-estate attorney, Robyn is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, National Federation of Press Women and Florida Freelance Writers Association.


Robyn's Articles

What Rising Home Prices and Mortgage Rates Mean to Buyers

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What Rising Home Prices and Mortgage Rates Mean to Buyers

The times they are a-changin’. And that goes for mortgage payments as well. According to Realtor.com, rising home prices and steadily increasing interest rates pushed the average monthly mortgage payment up nearly 14.5 percent nationwide between June 2017 and June 2018, making homes less affordable than before. If you haven’t checked rates lately, you might.....

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6 Tips to Hiring a Qualified Contractor

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6 Tips to Hiring a Qualified Contractor

Summer is a popular time for home-improvement projects, whether it’s a roof replacement, kitchen remodel or new pool. But how can you be sure you’re hiring the right contractor? Finding a reputable and qualified home-improvement contractor is a decision that’s not to be taken lightly. Mishaps are not uncommon during renovations, whether it’s a pipe.....

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Rent to Own the Home of Your Dreams

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Rent to Own the Home of Your Dreams

At a time when the cost of buying a home is escalating due to rising interest rates and a limited supply of houses on the market, potential buyers are looking for new ways to finance their home purchase. Enter Rent-to-Own. Imagine renting the home of your dreams, but in addition to getting a place to.....

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Record 64 Million People Live in Multigenerational Homes

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All in the Family

High housing costs. Rising interest rates. The obligations of the so-called sandwich generation. All of these factors are driving a new trend in housing: multigenerational living. Whether it’s college graduates coming home to live in mom and dad’s basement, or aging parents moving in with their children to avoid the cost of senior housing, statistics.....

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Getting Your Credit in Shape to Buy a Home

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Where Credit is Due

Thinking of buying your first home? If you’re planning to apply for a mortgage, you better get your credit in shape now. That’s because your credit score—a number based on your credit history that represents your creditworthiness and the likelihood you’ll repay your debts—is one of the most important factors in qualifying for a mortgage......

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Border Patrol: Why You May Need a Survey

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Border Patrol - Why You May Need a Survey

Who needs a survey? If you’re buying or building a house, or refinancing your mortgage, you do. A survey is simply a drawing of a parcel of property that is signed and certified by a professional surveyor. The most common type is called a boundary survey, and it determines the perimeter of the tract and.....

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