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What is necessary for building a home out of town (U.S.) [on hold]

My wife and I will be buying land well outside of town, and we will be building a home there. Money is not an issue here, and we can pay anything we need to get the home built. I would like to know ...
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Buying property in India : paying loan/mortgage

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinkg about buying property in India. What is the best way to make payments from USA bank ac to pay loan/mortgage in india? Can i get tax relief for loan/mortgage payment ...
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Selling property in India and gettting back money to USA

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinking about buying property in India. Suppose I alraedy bought some property in India, now in future if i sell the property in India, then how can i get that money back ...
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Buying property in India : FBAR declaration.

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinking about buying property in India. If I buy any property in india,do I need to report my property in USA income tax return, FBAR or anywhere else? Do i need to pay ...
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Buying property in India

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinkg about buying property in India. I have a lot of confusion in this matter. (1) Should I buy property on my own name? or me and my father's joint name? If I keep my ...
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Investment property information resources

I'm thinking of buying some investment property, however I have no idea where to start with it. I understand that there are a few kinds of property investments and a bunch of laws and tax variations ...
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Difference in rent listed on company's website and the lease they sent me

I'm trying to rent an apartment for next year. The rent listed on the company's website is $150 less than the rental amount contained in the lease they've emailed me. I haven't signed anything yet, ...
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How do I calculate the (likely) property taxes on a new home in a new area?

I live in Texas where there is no personal state income tax, but there is a significant tax on real estate. I am considering buying a new home, built to my specifications (ehh, to an extent...) in ...
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Rent or own, given these circumstances

Option A: $3600 (RENT) for a 3/2.5 condo. Option B: $629,000 (BUY) for a 3/1.75 house. This is in the Los Angeles area. Looking to live in this area for at least a year, maybe more. The house ...
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Where can I find information on Loans in foreign currency for the purchase of property in Australia? [closed]

I am looking for information on what banks, or other financial institutions, allow borrowing of money in their home currencies for the purposes of purchasing property? The type of information I am ...
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How to bet against the London housing market?

A lot of people are talking about a property bubble in London and I was wondering: how could you short the property market and bet on a crash? Is there any obvious way? Basically, how could someone ...
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Walking away from an FHA loan

I'm currently looking into the idea of buying a multi-family home in Brooklyn via an FHA loan. FHA loans seemed like they could take some of the risk away of putting down 20% (i.e. a high % of all my ...
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Is investing in housing considered an adequate hedge against inflation?

Does the price of a home or apartment generally increase, at least, with the rate of inflation in the United States? Could such a purchase be viewed as effective protection against inflation?
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How to find out what Capital Cost Allowance would apply to the condo I invested in?

In this example to claim Capital Cost Allowance on the CRA website, how did the person Gwen come up with an amount of 1200 for the first year? I have a condo that I rent out. I claim my expenses ...
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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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Relationship between Home, Net Worth, and REITs

Source: P215, ETF for Dummies, 2nd Ed (2011) by Russell Wild: Your residence, your portfolio If you bought your home for, say, $130,000 some 26 years ago, and that home is now worth $1.3 ...
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Hidden downsides of real-estate property tax appeal?

My real-estate lawyer sent me an offer to file a tax appeal on my behalf. I will have to pay some percentage from the tax savings if appeal is successful and my taxes are reduced and won't have to pay ...
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What evidence is there that rising interest rates causes Canadian condo prices to go down?

I live in Toronto Canada where condos are extremely expensive. I'm willing to wait 2-3 years to build up down payment to buy a condo. I'm hoping within the 2-3 years, interest rates will go up by 1-2% ...
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What risks am I taking if my well-off close friend is asking to use my credit to flip a property?

I have very good credit that I've worked hard to obtain. My friend has flipped a few properties and made some good money doing so. He wants to pay me a fee along with any taxes I'll endure if I put a ...
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How to calculate amortization table with pro-rated first month

From what I understand, banks prefer to have loan payments due on the 1st of the month. To that end, if you close on a property on, say, the 15th, they will charge you a pro-rated payment to get you ...
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What to do with savings for 3-5 years?

Here's the situation: Married, late 30's, combined income around $170k. 2 toddlers. We owe $360k on a house worth $600k. Only other debt is $20k each in student loans. 401k plans are in order. We have ...
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How to calculate the equity owned in a jointly owned mortgaged property?

I jointly own a property with two of my sisters. When we purchased the property I put a £10,000 deposit down and was the sole contributor to this. All three of us are currently paying one third of ...
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What sustains residential real estate prices in California when household incomes are low? [closed]

I have a question which assumes the accuracy of two links (here, for median income, and here, for median home price, both of which are in California). I'm going to make an erroneous assumption and ...
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Should I sell the home in 2014 or continue to rent it out?

The home was bought in Dec. 2010, and we lived there from Dec. 2010 to Jan. 2013. It's been a rental property since Feb. 2013, when we moved into a rental home to be closer to work (about 30 miles ...
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Does the back-end ratio for mortgage affordability include credit card debt if a balance isn't carried on the card?

In the calculation of the back-end ratio (total debt to income), you're supposed to include all debt obligations (e.g., credit card, car payments, student loans, alimony, etc.). However, I haven't ...
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Tax implications for buying property in another country

Are there are tax implications for buying an apartment in another country (as a US resident with Green Card)? Does the IRS require to pay taxes in the country in which you live or do you pay property ...
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Selling equities for real-estate down payment

I'm 29 years old and my current financial situation is as follows: 53 000 USD invested in equities (low cost index funds and some in bond ETFs) 9 000 USD in cash. I have fairly low fixed costs and ...
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Can future rental income be applied to present debt-to-income ratio when applying for second mortgage?

If someone wants to purchase a second home as a source of rental income (and potential investment), would (or could) a lender apply the estimated future income from rent on to the present ...
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Calculating IRR when you have reserves

I'm trying to understand a real estate calculation. I need to find the IRR for an investment where I have reserves to cover tenant improvements that are put into the deal when it's purchased. The ...
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What is the best way to stay risk neutral when buying a house with a mortgage?

I'm looking to buy a property. I do not want to take a risk on this property. Its sole purpose is to provide me with a place to live. How would I go about hedging against increasing interest rates, to ...
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Is a broker's fee equivalent to one month's rent reasonable in San Francisco?

Friend and I are looking to move from elsewhere in the Bay Area to SF, found a decent option in an okay location. Have been attempting to negotiate with a broker on the rent, and he surprised us by ...
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Gift tax on investment property bought below appraisal value from a non-related person?

I have a friend who I am purchasing an investment property from at the same price they paid for it but the appraisal value is about a 1/3 higher than what I will pay for it. Will the seller owe gift ...
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Is real estate considered a depreciable asset?

At the following link defining Capital cost allowance, why do they say that a building is a depreciable property: Capital cost allowance (CCA) A yearly deduction or depreciation on the cost ...
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Is money from selling an investment property taxed at the marginal rate?

If I sell my condo (an investment property, not my primary residence) then I imagine I need to pay tax (provided I make a profit). If I don't make profit, can I use the loss against my salary income ...
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Gift Tax owed on the transfer of a Home Equity Loan

I'm in a bit of a conundrum here: My sister owns an investment property outright (no loan on it...) She lives with me in my primary residence. Now, my family and I are moving to another house, with ...
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Should I pay off more of my principal before selling my house?

If I'm selling my home for a profit, does it make sense to pay more off the principal before doing so? On one hand, it seems a greater percentage of the sale would go to you, but on the other hand, ...
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If mortgage payments are deductible, how much of my income is left over each month after the mortgage

I'm currently renting and thinking of buying a house. Say I make 8k/mo. After rent (1000) and taxes (2000) I'm left with 5k/mo. If I were to get a mortgage at (say) 2500/mo, how much money is actually ...
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How does investors' finders fee work in the USA?

I am going to a few investors club in the US and I got approached by a person offering me a deal (buying a property that rent rooms) that will provide $3K monthly net cash flow. He initially called it ...
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Will being a guarantor impact my ability to rent an apartment for myself?

I am considering being a guarantor for my brother (for his apartment in NYC) because he doesn't make enough money. I'm also considering moving in the next 6 months or so. If I am the guarantor for ...
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How can I challenge or confirm a shady home appraisal?

I just built a new home and am finishing up the loan process. In the initial paperwork, the purchase price of the home was supposed to be 270k, but due to additions I wanted it ended up being around ...
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What should I consider before buying a condo under construction, for flipping at a profit?

I am planning on buying a second condo, with the hope of selling it for a profit as soon as the construction is finished (i.e. flipping it). My questions are: What significant risks are there in ...
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What are the tax ramifications of an Australian citizen purchasing mortgage notes secured by California real estate?

I an an Australian citizen, and I am interested in purchasing mortgage notes secured by California real estate. The payments are tendered monthly. What are the tax ramifications in the US? Is there a ...
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Tax considerations for selling a property below appraised value to family?

I own a property that recently appraised for $350,000 in the state of Maryland that I purchased for $300,000 7 years ago. I wish to sell this property for a value of $240,000. Here are my questions: ...
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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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Why doesn't changing the Discount Rate change IRR?

I have an analysis for a real estate project done and I'm changing the discount rate but IRR is not affected. I don't understand why this is...? It seems that changing the discount rate would change ...
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Discount Rate vs. IRR

The more I learn about the discount rate and IRR the more confused I get.... This is related to real estate. My confusion is that I've read that you should use your desired rate of return for the ...
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What costs should I consider when planning to maintain a vacant condo for a few years?

I have a job offer in a different city. I currently own a condo that I may return to but that would be really nice to have as a hub for returning to visit family as well as I have a family member who ...
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Insurance for a house which is not homeowners insurance?

My wife and I moved last summer, and our former home is still on the market. We were recently informed by our homeowners insurance company that because the house is no longer owner occupied, they will ...
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What are the tax implications of selling an investment property?

I'm planning on selling an investment property (a condo in WA state). I've owned this property since 2004. I lived in it as my primary residence from 2004 to October of 2007. I'm planning on taking ...