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198 views

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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4answers
176 views

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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0answers
19 views

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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4answers
389 views

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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1answer
92 views

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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1answer
3k views

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 ...
3
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2answers
151 views

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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1answer
92 views

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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1answer
95 views

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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1answer
60 views

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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2answers
408 views

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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1answer
824 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
102 views

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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1answer
106 views

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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2answers
325 views

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 ...
2
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5answers
918 views

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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2answers
299 views

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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2answers
201 views

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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3answers
192 views

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, ...
14
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5answers
272 views

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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1answer
100 views

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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3answers
379 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
546 views

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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4answers
275 views

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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4answers
1k views

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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1answer
129 views

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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2answers
221 views

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 ...
9
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4answers
173 views

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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3answers
450 views

Should I take money out of an old 401(k) to put a down payment on a house?

My wife doesn't work anymore and she has a 401(k) of about $80,000 from an old job. I have been kicking around the idea of taking that money out or rolling into an IRA so that I can have better ...
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4answers
343 views

Looking to buy a house in 1-2 years. Does starting a Roth IRA now make sense?

My wife & I are 28 years old and are looking to purchase our first home in the next 1-3 years. Our financial situation looks something like this: 24% combined gross annual income in low ...
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1answer
1k views

What is the difference between Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae?

What is the difference between the various US housing agencies referred to as Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and Ginnie Mae? How were each of them affected by the sub-prime mortgage crisis (or, maybe the ...