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Sale of a rental house

I have a rental house that I'm thinking about selling to the renters. They have lived there for 9 years. I am now 75 years old and no longer able to keep the house in shape when there is a problem. ...
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How much money should I put on a house?

My mother passed away and left me with 100,000 dollars. My boyfriend and I decided that we would go ahead and buy a house. We are living with my dad right now and have 2 kids and we are both 22. I am ...
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important considerations when expected monthly returns seem implausible relative to the purchase price of real estate? [on hold]

as a concrete example: this property has been on the market for two months for $39,000 with tenants who allegedly pay $1,000/month in rent. before taxes, that's a 31% annual return. could anyone ...
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Property taxes collected at closing weren't assessed correctly

We sold a home in March 2014. The lawyer who drew up the closing paperwork did it incorrectly and only charged us $900 for property taxes. The actual bill came out to $2400 for 2013. The current ...
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How does a variable interest rate loan work?

I took out a $100,000 loan on my house on a variable rate loan at 4.5% for 30 years. For example, see this calculator. Assuming the interest rate stays the same, the final cost will be $145,000. In ...
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Unethical, Illegal, or Business as usual? When negotiating a contract, can open contracts on comparable properties be disclosed?

I'm currently negotiating a contract for a home via my agent and a listing agent. As part of the negotiations, the listing agent has disclosed details of another contract that his colleague is the ...
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Tax deductions on empty property

Some one that works with me told me about a wealthy person that owns a lot of large buildings in our city. He said the guy would rather keep the buildings empty and is using the empty buildings as ...
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Selling a portion of my attached land and renting the main house

I have been offered 40k for a section of my land that is considered a side lot to my house. The buyer is going to work and pay all cost in separating the land. I plan on moving and renting my house. ...
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Do I need to do a title search on land? how about title insurance? lawyers?

I am looking at a piece of land that is being sold for 25k. As I understand it, I need to do a title search before any transaction is done. I've already looked at the tax assessors website and seen ...
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Is there any reason to add my spouse to home title?

I am about to move to Texas and am under contract to purchase a house with 100% cash. I went on the house hunting trip alone so my wife is not listed in the contract. My realtor suggested that I ...
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Property Trust - who or what is the Owner?

I'm trying to work out an arrangement to use some neglected UK property held in trust by a not-very active corporation. I'm puzzled by the nature of trust ownership. In essence, who owns land held in ...
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What factors to consider for deciding between forming an LLC vs taking insurance on rental properties

My friend and I (both living in California) want to buy a couple of rental properties (one in Texas and other in Florida). Looking through the various websites and forums on the internet, we could ...
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What to look for when evaluating a mortgage lender?

When evaluating mortgage offers in the US for a primary residence, obviously the rate and fees is important to consider as it impacts the bottom line. Having a lender who is responsive when trying to ...
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real estate property that spans across multiple jurisdictions

Hopefully this isn't off topic, it's about real estate and this is the best SE site I can find. I'm looking at starting a business on a fairly large parcel of land. Once I looked at the assessor's ...
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Wife wants to buy me out of our house - how to do this?

My wife and I want to separate, and have agreed in principle that she will pay me half the value of the house we share and I’ll move out. As she has just inherited a large amount following her ...
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What argument(s) support the claim that long-term housing prices trend upward?

The eminently useful New York Times Buy or Rent calculator assumes a 3% average annual rise in home prices. Curious whether that value made sense, I did some research and came across the views of ...
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Inspection Contigency - Form 35 (NWMLS)

After a residential home inspection has occurred, and both parties have signed/initialed an inspection response (NWMLS Form 35R); What are the buyers options for recourse when the seller does not ...
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How to shop for mortgage rates ?

I have already been prequalified with 3.8% (but I am sure I can do better :)). Now, I am about to make an offer on a house. So, once the seller accepts my offer, how do I rate shop ? Do I need to ...
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What is the economically rational way to fund leasehold property management?

I am trying to find a company to manage the block of flats (apartment building) I live in. What is the economically rational way to pay for property management services, According to traditional ...
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Would I qualify for the 2/5 year exclusion if I've only owned the property for 2 years?

I’ve owned a property for 2 years exactly. I’ve lived in it for just over 12 months and have rented it out for 12 months so far. I want to understand if I would pay taxes if my gain was under ...
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Building a new primary residence before selling the current one

Our current primary residence (in MD) is under contract to a property developer, and we expect to go to closing in about 24 months. If we build a new primary residence on property that we own in ...
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When a real-estate counter offer is made, and ignored, can the seller still accept the original offer?

Buyer makes an offer. Counter offer is made. Buyer has meantime seen another house they prefer, so choose to ignore the counter offer. Is the Seller then permitted to accept the original offer? Does ...
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I am thinking of buying a property to split into 2. How do I determine the costs basis on the existing house?

This is a property on over 2 acres. I'd like to buy it, split the property and rent out the existing house. Then build myself a new house on the other portion of the property. How would I determine ...
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Knob and Tube Just Discovered in House I'm Selling “As Is” - What to Do?

My wife had an electrician in the house 10+ years ago and thought he was removing the old knob and tube wiring as part of the overall system upgrade to 200 amp service. An electrician there yesterday ...
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Can I back out of a house purchase after the inspection if the offer stipulates “as is”?

I made an offer on a house in the state of Arkansas, and got a counter offer, and now I am about to accept it. However, there is one thing that bugs me: the counter offer requires me to buy the house ...
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Is there any instrument with real-estate-like returns?

I want to shift part of my portfolio away from stocks into real estate. I've found that if I bought real estate directly I could expect about 10% in yearly returns. The problem with buying physical ...
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What purchases, not counting real estate, will help me increase my cash flow?

I've read several books that recommend making purchases that increase your cash flow. Most point to real estate as the way to go, however this requires a big commitment and some working capital. Is ...
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Owned house for less than 2 years - 1031 exchange?

My wife and I bought our first house about 8 months ago. It turns out it's not the right fit for us (for many reasons). Because of this, we want to sell it and move to the suburbs on the other side of ...
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Why are Rausch Coleman houses so cheap? Is it because they don't have gas?

I have been looking for a new house for 5 months now. An average price per square foot in my area is $100. However, Rausch Coleman Homes is offering very nice and SUPER CHEAP houses for $75 per square ...
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Do I owe a finders fee to my tenant's broker if they didn't bring me the referral?

I am currently using a broker to help me find new tenants for my rental home. Currently, she has only advertised the home on Craig's list. However, at an open house that she was hosting for another ...
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Can I remove additions from a forclosed home? [closed]

I would like to buy a porch off a foreclosed home however removing the porch will leave a huge hole in the side of the home is it legal for this guy to sell me the addition he added on? to add the ...
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Is renting out a house still a lot of trouble if you rent through a real estate agency?

I often hear people speak about the difficulties of renting out a house, such as dealing with damage to the property, delinquent tenants, occupancy, etc. Where I live (the US), real estate companies ...
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Can I put what I earn from the sale of my house in the bank?

I bought my house for $247K in 2000 but refinanced and now owe $300K. I've also put in at least $12K in upgrades. I can probably sell the house for $450K, for a profit of $150K. Should I quickly ...
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Can the Philadelphia Center City District Tax be deducted on my Schedule-A?

I'm a full time salaried employee living in Center City Philadelphia. I own my own home and I am wondering if the Center City District Tax can be deducted from my federal taxes on the Schedule-A form ...
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Is “affordable housing” being added across the street from my condo likely to decrease my condo's value?

I live in a pretty nice condo in a growing area. There are several open fields around my neighborhood, and the city has decided to build "affordable housing" apartments directly outside the perimeter ...
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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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Do i need to declare property in India when living in USA [duplicate]

I have been living in US and paying taxes, filing FBAR to declare the foreign bank accounts. My question - do i also need to declare my property like the house in which parents are living (but its in ...
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What is “Last escrow analysis date”?

I am looking at the 'Escrow Details' on my mortgage and the "Last escrow analysis date" is listed as as 05/01/15. Obviously that date has yet to come. So what does this date represent?
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How do practically determine a house's value

How should someone determine the value of a house, practically speaking? I understand it helps to look at the price of comparable places in the area, but there are so many variables at play that I ...
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Tax implications of selling a non-owner-occupied house and receiving installments

My mother is in the process of selling her rental unit to a buyer. They have a contract laid out where the buyer is making 10-year amortized payments for 5 years, with a balloon payment at the end. ...
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Possible to remove condo townhouse fees?

Apologies if this is a dumb question. I was recently advised by a real estate professional that I should look into getting myself a condo townhouse because they are way more affordable than buying ...
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Trading an FHA loan to bank for an REO

I hope this is the right location for this question. I couldn't find a section that better fit this question. If this is not the right place please let me know. I got a house 3 years back using an ...
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Tax Implications - First 2-Family Rental Property

My brother and I have opened up an LLC and have put an offer on our first 2-family for a rental. We have some questions on loans/tax implications for the business that we're hoping to get some ...
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Whats tips do you have for someone beginning to invest in property?

For a first time investor interested in investing in property, what are the options? Would they be better off buying their own home and holding it for capital growth, or a buy-to-let property they ...
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What's best investment option? Mutual fund or Property [duplicate]

I had purchased a home year ago and given it on rent. The rent I'm getting is only 5% of total cost of home while stock fund industry (mutual fund) is paying 20% minumum (reports from my country here ...
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Buyout information

My mother moved out of a home she owns 1/3 of. She would like to get a buyout. The house was recently appraised at $866,000. My mom paid $300,000. A friend paid $300,000, and my brother paid $216,000. ...
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Invest in (say, index funds) vs spending all money on home?

We are looking to buy our first home, and are evaluating how much of our savings to put towards the down payment of the property (or how much home to buy in general). When one has a choice, are there ...
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How do we calculate the gain on primary residence that was converted to rental for two years?

I'm helping some relatives with taxes, and am looking at a situation I'm not completely familiar with. The primary residence was owned for 7 years, but after living there for 5 years, they moved into ...
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Living in my own rental property

I've come to understand that owning a townhome/duplex and living in it while others are also renting from you isn't as sexy as it may seem at first glance. Over and over again I get this from friends ...
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What is the cost basis of property converted to rental, purpose?

I purchased a primary residence in 2007 for $150,000 I converted in to rental property in 2014. At that time its fair market value of $40,000 What is my cost basis for depreciation? Is it based on ...