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Is a lease still binding if not all of the parties sign it?

My wife and I were leasing a house with another couple. Two weeks into the lease, the other couple left in the middle of the night and we have yet to hear from them. My wife never got to sign the ...
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How should I move out of my own house?

About a year ago, my mom and I purchased a house. It was something she really wanted and I was pretty much guilt tripped into moving in. After moving into the home and seeing our relationship go ...
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Is there anything I can do to prepare myself for the tax consequences of selling investments to buy a house?

I have about $500k in Vanguard funds, in a regular (i.e. taxable, non-retirement) account. I've been building these positions over the past 12 years or so. There's a chance that I'll want to buy an ...
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Low cost real estate appraisal options

So I am buying a rental property as an investment and expect to do the purchase as a cash deal. So technically there is no lender to force me to get an appraisal on the property. Of course, I still ...
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What industry standard values should I use when making assumptions about inflation, reinvestment rates, and real estate?

I'm trying to work out some Financial Management Rate of Return (FMRR) calculations for practice and I was curious if there are some industry standard variables to use. Here are some assumptions I'm ...
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When buying / selling a house in the UK, is it normal for solicitors' fees to be due before or after completion?

When we made our most recent house move (selling one house and buying another) we had to pay the solicitor's fees in advance of completion - the fees for searches etc. had to be paid upfront before ...
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How can I hedge against local home value?

I'd like to hedge against my neighborhood home value. I'm not terribly concerned if the overall housing market fluctuates, since if I move and sell my home for less, I can buy a new home for less. ...
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What are the tax implications of a normal sale of a house?

What are the tax implications of a normal sale of a house, where the owner would make a "profit"? Does it make any difference if the house is owner occupied and for how long they have owned the ...
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Can I invest in the housing market via the stock exchange?

Buying houses is expensive these days, and interest on mortgages is extortionate. Do investments via the stock market exist where you can invest in the housing market? Maybe shares in real ...
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Transferring a Property (with a loan) to a relative in Maryland

We have a property in Maryland, currently in my name, on a loan with a bank. Other than selling the property and having my relative buy it, is there a more cost-effective manner, in which the property ...
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Next option(s) after house is not selling on market?

Lets say I have a house which is pretty old and is not in the best neighborhood. I put in on the market and for one reason or another, even after dropping the price substantially I cannot get it to ...
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What are the transactional costs when buying and selling a house?

I am trying to breakdown all transactional costs related to buying and selling a house as well as their numerical values. For instance, the agents get around 3% in commission each, the inspection ...
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Buying a home without a Real Estate Agent - Who should I get to do the paperwork?

I'm considering buying a home from a friend without the aid of a real estate agent in the hopes of saving everyone the unnecessary 6% commission (since the property didn't need to be marketed). ...
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How do you go about buying a house directly from an owner? I.e. no broker involved?

I live in California. Usually when people buy a house here, they just entrust a broker. The broker deals with all the paper work, etc. for both parties. There are 4 parties involved...seller, buyer, ...
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Homebuyer Credit - 2008 Installment Repayment

I bought my house in 2008. I took the $7,500 credit. I remembered that I have payed $500 each year in 1040. Now I have to fill the tax form this year. How to fill the two textboxs.
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Assessed value of my house

I received a letter from the county tax assessor. It gave me the total appraised value $188,000. I purchased it on Sept, 2008. The price was 216,000. I am shocked at such a big difference. I use ...
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Are commissions paid to realtors for finding tenants for my rental property tax deductable as a rental expense?

I used a realtor to find a tenant for my rental home. I paid her a commission of the amount equal to the first months rent. Is this what turbotax means by Commission Expenses "Commissions paid to ...
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Buying a house for a shorter term

I've lived under the impression that it is never wise to buy a house (as your home) unless you are planning to live there "at least five years" (or something like that). But is this necessarily ...
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Equity or alternative compensation in an LLC?

I am currently working for a real estate startup (LLC) that wholesales REOs nationwide. I was one of the earlier employees to get hired. Since my time of employment, the company has been expanding ...
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New construction closing in a year; how can I lock in mortgage rate?

I've just contracted for a new house in Florida to be built. The closing won't occur for approximately a year. Is there a way to lock in a mortgage interest rate for so long in the future? It will ...
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What determines a tax resident in Florida

As a retired non-US person. I am planning to purchase a vacation home in Florida. I am told i am only allowed to reside there for a maximum of 60 days each calendar year, any longer and I will be ...
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How do banks lose money on foreclosures?

I read that when banks give out a mortgage the bank itself doesn't actually lend any of its money out. It is just accounting that adds the money to the borrowers account and adds the same amount of ...
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What are the tax rules of owning a vacation rental property?

I am considering purchasing a vacation property and renting it out for a majority of the season. Best case scenario I could generate about 50% of the annual cost (mortgage, tax, utilities, ...
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Closing on two mortgages (investment refi & primary home) — is it ok to do them simultaneously?

My wife and are are simultaneously in the market for a new home and trying to refinance a condo we rent out as an investment. The stars may be aligning that both loans could go into underwriting ...
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What is the purpose of property tax?

I currently rent, but have been looking to buy a home. I always imagined how great it would be to have a dream home, worth, say, $500K, and to have it fully paid off. My thought was the only recurring ...
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Why could rental costs for apartments/houses rise while buying prices can go up and down?

In this U.S. city, I have the impression that the rents of apartments and houses always go up, say, about a 5% per year, while the prices of buying them fluctuates throughout the same years. If my ...
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My landlord is being foreclosed on. Should I confront him?

I just found out that my landlord is being foreclosed on. My lease agreement runs out at the end of this month, but I had, through email, agreed to stay for another year (no new contract was signed). ...
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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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What are my investment options in real estate?

In a nutshell, I'm about to graduate from college at 21 with a great degree and have a job lined up that pays just short of six figures. Things are looking good. But I don't want to be a software ...
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Owning REIT vs owning real estate - which has a better hypothetical ROI?

Let's say I want to invest in the real estate market because I am bullish on it. Consider two options: invest in REITs or actually purchase real estate. My question is which option has a better ...
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How can one offset exposure created by real-estate purchase?

Is there any viable way to offset exposure introduced by buying a real-estate (house/land)? By "way to offset" I mean financial instruments (like derivatives) that you can buy to decrease the risk of ...
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How can one hedge against property price change when buying a home?

Let's say I want to buy a home, with intent to sell it down the road ( < 10 years). If I want to minimize my exposure to market fluctuation, what would be the best way to accomplish that? I ...
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How much does a tenant eviction cost in Miami and New York City?

I heard it's easy to evict a tenant that does not pay the rent in US (at least easier than in Italy). I heard in 60 days comes the sheriff and kicks the tenant out of the flat. I suppose the ...
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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 ...