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What is the standard real estate commission to sell a million dollar home?

I want to list my condominium for US $1.3 million. How can I decide on a fair real estate commission?
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Can I check multiple lenders for mortgage rates, via preapproval, and have it only count as one hard inquiry on my credit?

Note: This applies to the State of New York (the NYC metro area), in the United States. I'm shopping around for mortgage rates. I'm not sure if I have to get a preapproval mortgage to get their ...
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I have an “excellent” credit rating. Do I need to get a preapproval mortgage letter?

I'm in the infancy of buying a residential property. I have a credit rating of EXCELLENT. Do I need to get a preapproval mortgage letter? I thought that getting preapproved would expedite the ...
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What are the risks in buying a property from a “Tax Deed” auction?

Recently, I was approached by a friend of my wife's, and she said that she and her husband were making a lot of money bidding on properties that went up for sale in our area, at auctions like this ...
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Why is mortgage interest deductible in the USA for a house you live in?

In Australia, if you have a mortgage on the house you live in the interest and other expenses are not tax deductible, unless you rent out one or some of the rooms or run a business from your home, in ...
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What is the list of free bank house appraisal like the Chase home value estimator?

What is the list of free bank house appraisal in US like the Chase home value estimator? I want good ones like the chase.
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Tax implications of short sale with second mortgage?

I short sold my home this year and was told by my Realtor that the government forgives taxes which would normally be owed by selling a property for a loss. I had heard this before and assumed it would ...
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Complications dividing real estate for a married couple vs unmarried

What complications should be expected when an unmarried couple's relationship fails after they have purchased a house together? How does this situation compare to that of a married couple?
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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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What's my risk of buying a house for a friend and sell back to him?

I'm in a situation and need some advice. A friend of mine is in the middle of Chapter 11. He asked me to help to buy his house and in a few months sell back to him, so he can force the bank to lower ...
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How can I get a loan secured with free and clear land?

I own a piece of vacant land free and clear. I have an immediate need for cash and would like to take out a loan secured by my property. The land was last appraised at $980,000. I cannot pay a ...
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Making an offer on a property - go in at market price?

My roommate and I have talked about purchasing a home together and with interest rates being as low as they are, and the fact that we'd be able to get pre-approved for a good amount we decided to give ...
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Are parking spaces and garage boxes a good investment?

Suppose, the following scenario: You have an investment budget available to buy a parking space or garage box. (In Belgium that would be around €25000 ($30K).) currently the saving accounts make ...
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Landlords: what's the maximum amount of time to allow a guest of tenant to stay in a rental?

As the title says, but with these details: I have a rental unit; this situation has come up with a potential tenant. This tenant has an adult daughter, who, the tenant volunteered, has an unstable ...
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How can I save LLC fees when investing in Arizona real estate from California

My sister, brother and I (who live in California) want to invest our money in Arizona real estate. We would like to hold the property in an LLC for liability reasons, and we would really like that LLC ...
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Can I get a mortgage if I'm employed by my own company, rather than self employed?

My partner and I are looking to buy a house as soon as possible (i.e., the second we have the deposit in the next 3-4 months). My partner is currently in full time work but we want to focus on our own ...
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Am I required to use the listed agent on a property?

I live in Florida and am about to be a first-time buyer. Am I required to use the real estate agent/agency whose sign sits in the yard of the property in which I am interested? Are they the current ...
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HST vacant lot severed from a farm for sale, zoned residential but still has crop on it

I am considering selling a piece of land that was severed as a residential lot from our family farm. The crop has been planted on it, even though it was legally severed as residential. If I sell ...
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How to find a real-estate agent for buying a first home?

How soon should I find a real-estate agent? I am probably going to buy my first home in September and am assuming I will need an agent. So when should I contact one?
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How do people trade up from one house to another?

Newbie question here folks. My wife and I currently own our first (20% down on a condo in San Francisco in 2009; fixed 30-year loan). Obviously at some point (maybe 2-4 years from now) we would like ...
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How do historically low interest rates affect real estate prices?

30-year fixed interest rates have hit a historic low today: 3.83%. I happen to live in the second hottest real estate market in the nation and am considering purchasing my first home, which would be ...
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Keeping our current home (second property) as a rental. Will it interfere with purchasing a third home?

Prior to moving to our current location, my wife and I lived in a one bedroom condo. We continue to own the condo, owing about $80k on it. We get enough rental income that we make a profit after condo ...
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What investments are positively related to the housing market decline?

What investment sectors/areas generally go up when housing prices decline?
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Ontario new home/condo HST rebate: What is the price without HST if the price is $400,000 including HST?

What is the actual purchase price of a new condo without HST, if price is $400,000 including HST? The condo is in Mississauga, Ontario and the buyer is not a first time home buyer.
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Is there a formula to use to analyse whether an investment property is a good investment?

How do I determine the real cost of buying an investment property over time considering rent, interest, expenses and capital gain? I know there are many factors at play but is there a generic ...
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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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Where should I invest my savings?

I am 29 year old living in USA, married and expecting first child this summer. We are debt free and both have stable jobs. I have a side business earning me about $30K net income a year. We have about ...
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How does a real estate agent get paid when they're helping us find rental properties (in the US)?

My wife and I are looking into moving to a new area and would like to rent initially. It would be good to enlist the services of a local real estate agent in the search for a good rental property as ...
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Is it a good idea to buy a house with a low ARM monthly payment, then rent it out?

I'm looking around for houses in my college town to rent to others, and I've found a decent 4-bedroom house with an interest-only 5 year ARM monthly payment (of $1700). Assuming I have enough to ...
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Residence vs investment property in Australia?

I find the Australian property tax laws really confusing. If you live in a house that you own, then it is your residence. In which case, you cannot claim the interest as a tax deduction. However, you ...
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What is a good rental yield?

If you are thinking of buying a property for investment purposes, what is a good gross yield? I've been told you should take 3 zero's off the price of the property, so if a property is worth 400,000, ...
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I turn 18 in a month, what should I invest in?

In about a month I will turn 18 and I want to begin investing so I can retire early. Should I invest in stocks,real estate,etc. Not sure if this is necessary information but I make about anywhere from ...
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HUD-1 limit on realtor commission rebate?

My wife and I are buying a new house and we are using the builder's mortgage company. Assume our HUD-1 breaks out like this (numbers manufactured to hide real transaction amount): Line 103 - ...
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Tax lien investing: Possible in Canada?

I was just reading on the tax lien investing process and how it works in the United States. I was wondering if it happens in other countries. In specific, I would like to know if it happens in Canada ...
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What are the pros and cons of buying a house using an FHA loan?

My wife and I are considering buying a house. Recently a friend told us they put down a really small amount to buy a house. We found out later that it was through the FHA. I'm a freelancer and my ...
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To buy a house, is a 20% down-payment required for a mortgage?

My wife and I want to buy a house. The price is well within our means. The mortgage payment would be less than 25% of our gross income and we have no other debt, so we're comfortable with the payment. ...
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Can a parent legally qualify for section 8 housing by transferring all assets to their child?

My mother wants move out of her large house and into an apartment. She wants to move to section 8 housing which has lower rents, but first must get rid of all her assets to qualify. Is it legal for ...
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HST rebate when buying a vacant piece of land / lot and building one's own new home on it?

I am looking at buying a vacant piece of land from a developer and building a house on it. I realize I must pay HST on the purchase of the land. If I act as the contractor/builder of my new home, ...
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Hedging a foreign currency purchase (INR/USD) for a real estate transaction?

I'm looking to purchase a property in India, where the local currency is INR. My earnings are in USD. My down payment on this property will be in the range of 100-200k USD. The USDINR exchange rate ...
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Is it generally better to buy a property when the housing market is in a downtrend or an uptrend?

I've been pondering this question for a while. If I buy property when the market is in a downtrend the property loses value, but I would lose money on rent anyway. So, as long I'm viewing the ...
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If I default on my mortgage do I get my deposit back as a % of the sale of the property?

Say I put down 50% deposit on a house (in the UK), and the other 50% is provided through a mortgage, what happens if I default? Does the bank walk away with the property and the potential of selling ...
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How can I find a bank willing to provide a mortgage on a house affected by Japanese knotweed? (UK)

How can I find a U.K. bank that would consider providing a residential mortgage on a property affected by Japanese knotweed? The problem is fairly minor and is under control. If you've been able to ...
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Are real estate prices memory-less?

Stock prices are claimed by some/most to be "memory-less" - there is no evident correlation between past performance of a stock, to its future performance. Do real estate prices exhibit similar ...
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How to analyze the option of refinancing a home?

5 years ago when the market was up I bought I a home. This house was in my means so I had no issues paying it on time for all this time. Now the market is down and the interest rates are about 2.5% ...
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Are “hard money loans” meant only for real estate?

I am interested to know whether Hard money loans are meant only for Real Estate or other fields too.
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Buying a multi-family home to rent part and live in the rest

I currently rent the top floor of a two-family house. Our landlord recently offered to sell the house to us, so I started looking at the cost of mortgages and property taxes in the area. It's my ...
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If Case-Shiller offers seasonally-adjusted indices, does that mean there's a good time to buy houses?

Saving up to buy a house in a few years, so right now I'm just watching the market to get a sense of the region. I noticed that the Case-Shiller index has seasonal adjustments, which make sense to me ...
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Would it make sense to buy a rental property as an LLC and not in my own name?

I'm considering buying a rental property. Would it make sense forming an LLC and purchasing it in the name of my company, rather than owning it directly? Considerations: pros: I don't want my name ...
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How does expiration of special zone property taxes affect property values?

I've been thinking about investing in local real estate lately, and there's an unusual (to me) practice here of funding some of the city provided infrastructure (water, roads and lighting I guess) by ...
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What is the process to refinance a home?

All, A family member is thinking about refinancing their home. The idea is to take advantage of low rates to get a lower interest rate loan, ideally with a longer term (current mortgage is 15yr I ...