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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 ...
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What will be the consequences if Negative Gearing is abolished in Australia?

There has been recent speculation in the Australian media about the Government possibly abolishing Negative Gearing in Australia in order to shore up falling revenues. In fact certain interest groups ...
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When can you use existing real estate as collateral to buy more?

My grandfather owned a dozen apartment buildings, and when I asked him when I was little how he got so many, he said he just bought one, and then used it for collateral to get the second, and so on. ...
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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 ...