Have you ever considered buying a home for someone else? Maybe you’d like to give a head start to an adult child, take care of an elderly parent, or help out someone with bad credit or who is simply having a hard time financially. It’s a noble idea and it can be done. But there are things you need to know so your generosity doesn’t end up costing you more than you expected.

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Moving to a new home doesn’t always mean selling the old one. Homeowners could choose to keep it as a rental property. How to decide between selling a home vs. renting it out will be different for everyone. It boils down to three main topics: the homeowner’s goals, their financial situation, and whether or not they are “cut out” to be a landlord.

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