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Renting or Buying an House

We are a young couple who are renting apartment near NYC. It has been almost 4 years that we have been renting and after every couple of years we had to move to a newer location and every time our ...
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How to take advantage of home appreciation

Lets say my home's value appreciates considerably. How can I take advantage of this? I'm unwilling to downgrade (all the other houses in my area has also appreciated, so if I sell and re-buy, I would ...
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Do you avoid tax when taking a home equity loan?

Suppose I bought a home for $200k, and 20 years from now its value is $800k and I get a home equity line of credit for x dollars (e.g. to pay for my child's college education). A quick Google search ...
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IF I have equity in my home and am selling it. Who pays me, the title co?

If i sell my home and have equity in it who pays me? Does the title co reimburse me at closing or does the lender pay me after the new mortgage is recorded?
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How much will I get from an early withdrawal from a 401k and Roth 401k with employee contributions after taxes and penalties?

I am planning to buy a house and want to maximize my cash available. In my 401k account, I have a distribution like this: (x+x1 gains)+(y+y1 gains)+(z+z1 gains) where x: 401k, y: roth 401k, z: ...
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Is there any possibility of doing an equity release deal on a property you don't (currently) own?

There are various equity release schemes to let you release some of the tied-up value in a property you own, see eg. http://www.equityreleasecouncil.com/faqs/ Is it ever possible to jointly purchase ...
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Buying a house 50/50

I'm thinking on buying a house with my Business Partner. I would be living on it. We are thinking on going 50/50 on the loan and down payment and hoa and repairs . Since I would be living there we ...
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Mortgage for a house on my own land doesn't make sense!

I really don't understand this. Let's say I have a land worth of $30k. I want to build a house for $60k. The bank will use $30k as a downpayment from my land value and give me $60k to build a house ...
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Why will the bank only loan us 80% of the value of our fully paid for home?

We own Land and a home, wanting to downsize and just buy a home and lot. We do not owe anything on our land and home, but have asked about a loan using our land and home as collateral, but, even ...
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How can I use the equity out of my current property to purchase another one?

I got out a $200,000 loan for a property that is valued at $270,000. I managed to get the property for $250,000 and I threw $50,000 at the deposit. Therefore, I currently owe $200,000. I purchased ...
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What are the costs of using home equity to invest in another property?

I'm wanting to find out some details of using the equity I have in my home to invest in another property. Specifically, about the costs of the loan(s) involved. I'm currently assuming I need a ...
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What equity would I have when selling early on in mortgage?

I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea of mortgages, and I hope someone can help me. Say I buy a house for $100,000. I put down $20,000, and get an $80,000 mortgage. I've heard that for the ...
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Pros and Cons of Interest Only Loans

I currently have a home with an FHA loan which require me to make mortgage insurance payments for the next 4 years. I am considering a refinance and have came across the idea of interest only ...
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Formula for determining equity in a home (multiple parties)

I am buying a house with two other folks, my partner and her step mom. We are going to own it together, all of us on the mortgage. We are drafting a joint venture agreement with an attorney to make ...
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What would happen if I were to lose all equity in my condo when it's time to renew the mortgage?

I've been reading Condo Bible and it has the following passage: A solid down payment of at least 25 percent will act as a buffer for you at mortgage-renewal time should interest rates slowdown. If ...
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What is the difference between Protected-equity loan vs Equity loan?

I cannot understand what a protected-equity loan is and how it is different from an equity loan. Please keep your explanation layman and easy to understand. It's a research question for class, for ...
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Where can I find historical data on home equity loan rates?

I have found a graph of historical home equity loan rates on bankrate.com, but I am looking for the underlying data, so I can do a 3-year average. I found the equivalent for mortgage rates on Freddie ...
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Upside-down mortgage - pay it down or invest elsewhere?

7.5% fixed rate 30 year mortgage, ~100k more than the house appraises for. 7 years into the loan. Variable 'extra' income between 20k and 30k net per year (new job!). No other debt and our only ...
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Pay cash for a home, get a reverse mortgage, and buy stock

I recently starting looking into purchasing a home and talked to a realtor if he knew how much any of the homes in the area went for. He said that a home across the street was purchased for 700k in ...
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What the the advantages and disadvantages of a mortgage vs a home equity loan?

Suppose for the purposes of this question that you have (or can temporarily borrow) the entire cost of the house. Then you can a) get a mortgage on the house to pay off over a long time, or b) buy the ...
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Buying a new home and having 'equity' in it

I viewed a model home that was originally priced at about $207,000. The builder is offering it for $173,000 since it was a model. He says that for this reason the home will already have over $30,000 ...
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Economics of buy-to-let (investment) flats

I'm trying to figure out whether it is a good business to buy a flat and rent it out. These are the numbers I have so far: Costs Property: 150,000 Downpayment (30%) : 45,000 Interest ...
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Why can't house prices be out of tune with salaries

I have been arguing for years with my colleagues that having house prices go up 10% pr year and salaries only 3-4% means that we have less money, not more. They in turn say that its not a problem ...
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Our home equity has increased. Can we get rid of PMI without an appraisal?

We have Private Mortgage Insurance on our house because we didn't put 20% down when we bought it. We've recently paid some extra money on the mortgage, and we now have > 22% equity. We've contacted ...
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What is the true value, i.e. advantages or benefits, of building up equity in your home?

I am a relatively new home owner, having purchased my first home in October 2009. It was a $315,000 home, purchased with a 5% no-cost loan with I believe 12% down payment. I think the total financed ...
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Why do some people say a house “not an investment”?

I have heard a few people say that "a house is not an investment" as an argument to stay in an apartment. (To me, this seems like a stupid reason, but that is not my question.) Of course, this is ...
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How do you value your home when calculating your net worth?

I'm interested in tracking my net worth as a way of measuring progress and I'd like to include home equity in my net worth. How are you tracking home equity? Are you using purchase price? Average ...