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using deed's of trust to negotiate for higher prices for land sales

It seems like Deeds of Trust's for real estate properties (which are public records) include the loan amount on them (assuming a loan was obtained for the purchase of the property). Obviously this ...
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Is this investment opportunity problematic?

I recently got an email from a close friend of mine, that goes something like this: We're looking to sell our rental house and buy a new one. We found one we like, but the housing market is very ...
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Property tax rate disconnect

I live in Santa Clara County, California and I have been shopping for a mortgage for a home purchase in this county. I am repeatedly told by every bank that the tax rate is 1.25% of the home ...
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Capital tax gain for under construction property

I entered into an agreement with a builder to purchase an apartment in Apr-2011. At that time, I had paid 10% as deposit with remaining payments to be made at regular intervals based on construction-...
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Is it possible to first ask for a note finance for home buying and then go for home mortgage?

I am trying to raise loan through note financing by asking them on the terms that I want to buy the property first and then go for mortgage of the home. I would like to know it is possible to raise ...
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My wife and I are selling a house worth $230k-$260k. Its a rental. Should we use an agent, limited service listing agent, or FSBO?

Reasonable expected sale price $245,000. Traditional Agent: Fee = 6% = $14,700. High energy agent who is very familiar with the neighborhood and market Limited service agent (Duffy Realty type): ...
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Is there any instance where less leverage will get you a better return on a rental property?

The larger a mortgage I have on a property the less money I have to put up front so my initial cash flow is worse but my cap rate and overall return is better. However the larger my down payment the ...
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RT-2 zone : townhouse or house?

We live at Great Vancouver area Canada, and we own a detached house (though it is a strata house in a strata community, all houses are physically detached from nearby houses), and it is within RT-2 ...
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House sales and capital gains - primary vs secondary

State: Texas I have two houses. I don't treat them as primary or secondary, they are both occupied. I am keeping them while I can, waiting for the value of one of them to go up sufficiently so I can ...
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Michigan property owned as joint tenants with rights of survivorship [closed]

Three siblings own property in Michigan as joint tenants with rights of survivorship. One person wants to sell their portion of the property to one of the remaining kids. Will that give that one ...
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What if 40% of the remaining 60% Loan To Value (ratio) is not paid, or the borrower wants to take only 60% of the loan?

I wanted to know that what if the remaining 40% of 60% in a LTV (Loan to Value ratio ) for buying a home is not paid but the borrower only wants to get 60% of the total amount of home loan that is ...
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Capital gains tax

I have a piece of land in India that I purchased about 20 years ago. I entered into a development agreement with a real estate developer in February 2014 for construction of apartments. The ...
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Shared Property Ownership

I refinanced my primary property to afford ($37,000) the purchase of a home in 2005 for myself, my boyfriend and my newborn son. My boyfriend and I had a verbal financial agreement that he would pay ...
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How to find small vacant lots to buy?

I would like to buy a small vacant lot so I can erect a small warehouse and store stuff there. However, the problem is that people don't generally advertise the sale of small, empty lots with no ...
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Can I pay money in USA to buy property in India?

I currently reside in the US (on H1B Visa) and I plan to buy property in India. The current owner of the property also resides in the US. I was wondering if I could make part of the payment here in ...
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Why is selling a house in one day regarded so highly?

As a recent first time home buyer, I now get a lot of mail from Realtors and agencies. I've noticed that often times advertisements will boast that a house has sold in one day. In my mind, if a ...
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How to manage 20 residential apartments

My friend's father (Say, Mr. X) in India had invested in a piece of land long time back. Two years back, he sold that land to a real estate builder. The agreement of the deal was the following: "The ...
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How does 'upgrading' from one house to another work?

Consider this scenario. For a given neighborhood, a small house is $100K. A big house is $150K. For simplicity, assume that you purchase the small house with all cash. 5 years later, it is now worth ...
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large recurring transfers of to India from US and/or taking Indian mortgage

I am a US citizen and have lived in America my entire life. My wife is an Indian citizen is in the US on a Greencard (K1/fiancee visa) for the last few years. Before marriage, when she was in India, ...
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A Person Just Wants to Sell a House — Whats the Commission?

Lets say a person owns 2 houses and wants to get rid of one. Lets say usually its 5% listing (60/40) seller/buyer agent In this case theres no buyer agent because seller is just looking to sell the ...
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How much financial information should a buyer give an estate agent?

A friend of mine would like to buy a flat. It is currently a sellers' market and the agents write: Along with your offer we require your sales position ie. first time buyer or you have a property ...
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Guidelines on when to buy or rent an apartment (in Europe)

I am currently facing an important decision for my life: I finished studies and will soon enter industry to work. Due to the fact that I will likely earn some money on a regular basis, I want to ...
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What are the differences between a REIT and an MLP?

What are the differences, in layman's terms between a REIT and an MLP? Why should I choose one over another? Could you also provide real-world examples for both types?
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If some country joins EU will the house/land prices go up in more rate?

I read an article (not in English) that when e.g. Turkey joins EU the value of properties will dramatically increase, i.e. more than its current rate of increase of ~10-15% per year. How much this ...
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Should I buy a 2nd home for approx. $400-450K at age 63, if I can put down 35-40 percent?

I own and lived in a condo apt. and have no mortgage on it and moved (out of state) and rent it out. I am supported by the rental income as well as still earning a modest income. I want to retire in a ...
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Without my consent can my father give away his part of property joint-owned with me in Mumbai

Can my dad give away his part of property joint-owned with me in Mumbai without my consent? Can he make a will where he has put such an instruction? This is with respect to Mumbai India
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Buying a property for cash

Although I'm no expert on mortgages and the property purchasing process when using one, I'm even less aware of how the process works when buying a property for cash. I will soon be in the fortunate ...
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Is mumbai thane district flat property ownership name available online?

I own a flat in Thane District near Mumbai. I would like to know if I can look up the ownership record online if I enter the address on a government provided facility. Is such a facility available to ...
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How much does it cost for a eviction lawsuit in Mumbai?

I have a tenant who is refusing to leave. He has not paid any rent. How much will it cost to evict this tenant? How much can i expect an attorney to charge me for court proceedings and how much will ...
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Can I take tax deductions for a second residence where my son lives?

I own a small second residence where my disabled son lives. He is unable to pay any rent and probably never will. For income tax purposes, can I depreciate the house, deduct property taxes and ...
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Does a significant turnover of homeowners in my neighborhood directly affect property value?

I've recently noticed lots of "For Sale" signs in my neighborhood, I'd venture to guess as high as 10%, which seems like a significant turnover. Aside from efforts by sellers to increase curb appeal (...
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While interest rates are low is it better to take a short-term fixed mortgage or long-term one

In the UK mortgage uinterest rates are historically low and I'm in a position where paying off a small mortgage in tens is financially viable. There are however two courses of action I could take: ...
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Personal Asset Protection - How to protect asset against a deficiency judgement?

For people that are going through foreclosure and have the assets to pay for any deficiency judgement, how can they protect those assets? Cash Investments Other properties Businesses I am not ...
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Joint Property - single occupant

My wife jointly owns her paternal house with her sister. Her sister lives in that house but my wife does not. The house is big (3 bedroom 2000 sq.ft) for her sister living all by herself and we ...
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What do I bring to an accountant if I own a house?

I bought a house in Dec. 2014. I wrote checks and paid both School and County taxes on it in 2015. I have the bills for these taxes. Is that enough? I went on the county property tax information ...
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Buying a house to partially rent out - what to consider?

I'm considering buying a house in the next year or so, and my plan is to rent out room(s) to help pay off my mortgage. I have no debt and will have a 20% down payment on the house, and intend on ...
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When buying a duplex are current “cash tenants” a situation to avoid?

I'm looking at duplexes for sale with the intention of buying one (both sides) to rent out. From an income-property buyer or landlord perspective, are properties for sale with cash tenants in place ...
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Reason to give for personal loan in USA to buy land in India?

I am buying a land in India for that i need personal loan for about 15k. I am not sure what should be the good reason to give to credit unions to get the loan approved. Please suggest and thanks in ...
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Use of Self Directed IRA for Lending Second Mortgage

Here's the scenario: Let's say that I have someone who wants to borrow money from me to buy or rehab a house (i.e. secured loan), but I do not have enough money in my personal savings or self directed ...
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Tax treatment of renovation costs and mortgage interest on a second house

In mid 2015 I purchased a house with the intention of completely renovating it and renting it out. The renovation is now complete with approximately half of the renovation cost incurred in 2015 and ...
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What is the procedure for forcing a buyer to close escrow on required date?

I'm in contract for my home, the buyer has removed all contingencies. For various reasons, I wish to close by the agreed date, or cancel the contract. I understand that even if the close-of-escrow ...
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Property purchased for residence abroad

If I am residing in the US but I purchase a secondary vacant property (residence) abroad (India) for my own personal use (not for rent), and pay the property tax to the Govt of India, then do I still ...
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How to properly do background check for future tenant in my own house?

I'm renting out a bed room in my own 4-bedroom house. This is the first time I'm being a landlord. How do I do proper background check of new tenants and reduce my risk that the person is a criminal?
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Can capital gains or rental income be used for contributing to a retirement account?

If my wife is considered a real estate professional, and she buys a house to flip, can the gain be used to fund a tax retirement account i.e. SEPP or a 401(k)? Can the rental income from rental houses ...
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Taxes on sale of principal residence in Ontario

Is it correct that in Ontario, if you sell the home which is your primary residence, you pay absolutely no taxes at all on the sale? Are there any terms and conditions to this?
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What should I do financially if I suspect a housing bubble is arising and might soon burst?

Background In my country (Norway, though the same principles apply everywhere), there's a huge discrepancy between loans in terms of how much equity you need to put up when getting a housing mortgage....
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A guarantee on the conveyancing solicitors

I am in the process of buying a property in the UK, and using a solicitors for the conveyancing. Due to this, I am placing a great amount of trust in the solicitors and effectively assuming that they ...
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Real Estate blind auction - who benefits?

The housing market in Portland, OR is extremely hot. So hot that realtors are now using blind auctions. Listings say Offers will be reviewed on [date] at [time] Prospective buyers are ...
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Is a seller obligated to agree to a Contingency Removal addendum?

I accepted a buyer's offer for my home. The contract (Residential Purchase Agreement, California) has an appraisal contingency. The buyer's lending bank appraisal came in below offer price. I asked ...
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Real estate agent wants a loan introduction letter

I was talking to a real estate agent (USA, CA bay area) who told me that I need to not only fill out a loan app, w2, and account statements but also write a introduction letter for the lender. I've ...