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Can I afford this condo?

I just found a condo I really like and I am debating with myself whether it would be a good idea to pursue it from a financial perspective. I'd like to get some educated, objective opinions on my ...
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I am turning 18 and I am a Student, I need strategies on building great credit soon. Where should I start?

I am High School student in the top ten percentile and I am turning 18 in a few months. I need strategies on how to build and maintain a great credit score quickly. I have had the same job for over a ...
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Standard versus Enhanced Owner's Title Insurance

We are getting ready to close on our house, and I was wondering the circumstances under which an enhanced title insurance is better than a standard ALTA owner's title insurance. Here is a comparison ...
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What is a cash back mortgage and should I consider using one?

In speaking with a mortgage adviser recently, I found out about cash back mortgages. I was wondering if someone here knows about this and could tell me if they are a good idea? To give you some ...
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Am I really house poor?

This is my financial situation and I hope that someone can guide me. I have been in the market for a house to buy. There is a house that I like and I wanted to know if I could afford it. I have ...
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If I have a lot of debt and the housing market is rising, should I rent and slowly pay off my debt or buy and roll the debt into a mortgage?

I'm a Canadian divorcee who walked away from marriage with debt. I have a great income, but I owe $60K on a line of credit and credit card debt as a result of litigation. I pay $1,500/month in rent. ...
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How do I enter a house sale into my accounting package?

We sold our house and purchased a new one. The money from the sale went into our lawyer's trust account, and then was passed onto the vendor that sold us the new house. In my accounting package, I ...
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How much capital gains tax is due on the sale of a home if most income comes from Social Security?

My 94 year old widowed mother wants to sell her house. Her only income aside from Social Security is a $150/month retirement check from a job she had years ago. How much, if any, capital gains tax ...
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Can I bring a real estate agent with me after my first visit to a new home?

I am looking to buy a house, and I am a first-time buyer. I am reading a book on home buying, and it says the following with regard to new homes: "You might have to deal with the developer's ...
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How do I sell a home that's owned jointly if my partner doesn't want to sell?

I own a home jointly with a partner. I have made all the payments, taxes and insurance since the beginning. I have a buyer for the home but my partner does not want to sell. How can I override his ...
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How can I hedge against local home value?

I'd like to hedge against my neighborhood home value. I'm not terribly concerned if the overall housing market fluctuates, since if I move and sell my home for less, I can buy a new home for less. ...
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How to get the lowest mortgage rate on a new purchase?

Looking for a home loan in the mid $400,000, with 20% down on the value price, a first home purchase and in the U.S. What strategies can be applied to ensure the best interest rate possible? What ...
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Does a land with an existing foundation (poured-in) qualify for a conventional home mortgage?

Based on my research, loans for land and construction lots are usually at a much higher rate than those for the purchase of a home. However, if a home does have an existing foundation poured in, will ...
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Can I take money from my 403b to buy a home at 65 years old without penalty

I will be 65 years old in July. My mother died and left my siblings and me her home. Can I use the money in my 403b to buy my siblings out?
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When is the right time to buy a car and/or a house?

I am a 24 years old young IT professional. Since I don't have addictions to anything including drinking, I mostly save a lot (around 50% of my income after tax like $15-$25k a year). Currently I drive ...
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Is a trustee sale winning bid all inclusive, or are prorated taxes & fees due?

Is my winning bid at a trustee sale on a foreclosed home all inclusive, or can the trustee make us pay prorated taxes and home owner association fees? If we must pay the fees, when would they be ...
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How do I obtain the foreign equivalent of homeowner's insurance when buying a vacation home in another country?

I am considering purchasing a property in another country as a vacation home. I'll continue to live in the US (nation of citizenship), but may consider using the foreign home as a retirement locale, ...
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Where to invest proceeds from home sale to be used to buy new house within five years?

My wife and I have just sold our house (mortgage was paid off) in the city we lived previously. We're currently renting because we're not sure if we're going to remain in our new city. At some ...
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Seller refuses to accept offer on home until after inspection

I'm currently trying to buy a home (that happens to be a foreclosure), and the bank who owns it is allowing us an inspection period, however they are unwilling to accept our offer until after the ...
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Is it better to buy a house at the end or beginning of a year?

Right now I'm looking for a house, and might be closing in the next few months. One thing that I want to consider is when the closing date should be. We are flexible with the date by a bit, and the ...
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How do I know if Home value is likely to go up?

When looking for a home to purchase, I have heard that location is an important factor in determining whether the home value will go up or not. What things would I need to look for when purchasing ...
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What are the most important things to ask a real estate agent before hiring them?

I've been researching the best ways to search for a home, and questions have come up about real estate agents. Getting a good real estate agent could potentially save you thousands of dollars, but ...
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Can my rent to own equity be used as a downpayment?

Here is my scenario. Homeowner wants $296,000 Will give me letter stating that I have 20% down payment as a result of rent payments being applied toward purchase price. My question is...does the ...
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Where can I find the current price to rent ratio of the locality of my interest?

After reading an article about where to buy homes, I'm trying to do research on renting versus purchasing a home. I'd like to figure out what the price to rent ratio is as one factor of my research. ...
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How do Islamic Banking give loans for housing purposes?

Islamic banks do not give loans they invest in financial activities of their clients. Am I correct? If yes, then how can they provide loans for housings? Home loans have nothing to do with business. ...
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If you buy a new home before selling the old one, what could happen from not paying the old mortgage?

I'm researching the process of selling a home and buying a new one. Several articles warn against buying the new home before the old one is sold because you may end up having to pay two mortgages. I'm ...
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Buying a house, Bank or rent to own?

We currently rent a house. Our credit is ok, but we're working on it (paying things off, disputing things, etc). We are first time buyers. We have a good relationship with the owners. We are thinking ...
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Is it legally safer to purchase a short sale instead of a foreclosure?

I'm considering purchasing a home, and given todays market I've been viewing a lot of foreclosures and short sales. That being said, I have a question on short sale VS foreclosure in terms of legal ...
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Cashing in stocks for house downpayment

I've got a handful of stocks that I'm planning on cashing in for a house down payment. I'm wondering if anyone knows if I will get hit with capital gains tax, if I'm immediately reinvesting the money ...
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Comparison of cash concessions vs lower home purchase price?

My agent advised me that its common to get a 3% cash concession from the seller when purchasing a home to cover closing costs. I want to know what negative affects this might have by taking cash in ...
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Good idea to purchase condo with no home owners association?

I'm looking at REO condos on homepath.com (the site for Fannie Mae foreclosures, etc). I'm wondering, is it a good/bad idea to purchase a condo with no home owners association? Most of them have ...
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How to tell if HOA for a prospective condo purchase is financially healthy?

I'm considering purchasing a condo. I live in a major metropolitan area; so I'm almost certainly going to end up in a building maintained by an Home Owners Association (HOA). As I'm learning the ins ...
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Saving for a down payment on a new house, a few years out. Where do we put our money next?

We currently have two rewards checking accounts. We are nearing the maximums permitted on each account, after which we receive .5% and .25% APY. It's within our means to perhaps open another one, ...
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What factors are to be considered when deciding to go with a 15 year fixed vs a 30 years fixed?

What factors are to be considered when deciding to go with a 15 year fixed vs a 30 years fixed? Pretty simple really; I could make the payments on a 15 year fixed, but at today's low interest rates, ...
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Tax implications on profit/loss from selling a home that's not your primary residence?

What is the tax treatment for profit/loss on the sale of a home that is not your primary residence? Does length of ownership matter? USA rules, please.
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How do I calculate the dwelling coverage I need from the information I have?

I have just finished ratifying a contract for a home purchase. Our timeline for getting everything done is fairly tight and I'd like to start getting the homeowner's insurance squared away as soon as ...
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Do I have to repay the First-Time Homebuyers tax credit if I refinance?

My wife and I bought our first home in April 2010 and received the full $8000 First-Time Homebuyers tax credit. We now want to refinance, given that the current mortgage rates are significantly lower ...
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What steps should be taken, if any, when you find out your home's market value is underwater, i.e. worth less than the mortgage owed?

What steps should be taken, if any, when you find out your home's market value is underwater, i.e. worth less than the mortgage owed?
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How do I determine the amount of a buy out between common law partners in a home owned together?

I currently own a home with my common law partner. We have lived there for 2 years and are now splitting up. Both our names are on the house, and we have paid 50/50 for everything from down payment / ...
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Will we have trouble getting a mortgage for our second home if we keep our first to rent out?

My wife and I are currently saving for a home. We currently own a small condo, which we would like to keep as a rental unit once we purchase the second home. Currently our home costs are under 12% ...
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Shared home ownership - How to calculate percentages?

How do (can?) you fairly calculate the ownership percentages of a property between 3 people? *All 3 people live in the property *All 3 people have put in a different deposit amount *All 3 people ...
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Should I take out a loan vs pay off with mother's help?

I'm considering buying a house for 200k. When buying place ($200k), I will be paying 120k as down-payment, and financing the rest. I am thinking of my mother pay an additional 80k (to buy the place ...
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Short-sell, or try to rent out?

I'm currently considering taking a job in another state, and I currently own a home that's up-side down in it's mortgage. I'm trying to figure out what I would do with my home in the event that I ...
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Owner-Financed home sale or Land Contract — how to handle the transaction and the ongoing entity?

My sister and I inherited a property in a rural, backwater area rather inconveniently located to where we live. We've got zero interest in keeping it. To wit, we put it on sale and now are recieving a ...
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Is there a general rule for how much of my non-retirement savings should be spent on down payment?

I know I should X months of cash for emergencies (I've seen X range from 6 to 24, depending on who's giving the advice). But in addition to that, is there any generally accepted rule for how much of ...
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Can you sell your house for less than you owe and still make payments on the remainder?

I want to sell my house, but it seems that in order to do so I may need to lower the price to less than what I owe. Is it possible to make an upside down sale like this and still make payments on the ...
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What if I'm named on the deed but not on the mortgage and my boyfriend moves out?

7 months ago my boyfriend and I purchased a home together. I am named on the deed but not on the mortgage. He has moved out and I have agreed to make the mortgage payments myself so that I do not have ...
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Who is responsible for cost of fence repair between properties?

When a fence between two properties needs repair/replacement who is usually responsible for paying? Do both neighbors split it 50/50? What about installing new one? Do neighbors split the cost? ...
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Can I use Case Shiller values to find an optimal time to buy in a recovering housing market?

I live in the NW US. I've been considering buying a house for some time now. But the market value of a house has been on a downward trend for years. I thought that around October last year the market ...
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Is making an offer on a new property wise if current property is not sold or rented yet?

We are in the process of trying to rent our place. We would like to make an offer on another property, but hesitate to do so until our place is rented for obvious reasons. However, we also do not ...