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Real estate agent best practice

My wife has recently became a real estate agent, and since we've been flipping houses for some time now. She got really good referrals to get into this business. She is working with really bad ...
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What tax filings are required for real estate transactions?

I intend to purchase real estate with cash from a family member via quitclaim. What tax forms are we required to file reporting the sale?
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Have I do a good investment? [closed]

In 2008 I have sold a room of 10 m^2 that I shared with my brother 50/50 so to get money for 5 m^2. For this money I invested in new construction and bought a flat of 42 m^2. Now the flat is complete, ...
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Capital gains for agricultural land converted to non-agricultural land for the purpose of sale?

I held some agricultural land in Gujarat state for 14 years, and sold it on 20th August. As per the law in Gujarat, a non-farmer cannot hold agricultural land, so the land status was changed to ...
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What are the tax consequences of selling a condo in Florida?

My wife and I own outright a condo in So Daytona Beach, FL. Our primary residence is in Wyoming. We would like to sell the condo in Fl and should realize about $50,000 above purchase the price. I ...
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1031 Exchange and Taxes?

We were given a property by my father in 2001 who was doing a 1031 Exchange on an investment property. Once we were given the deed and title of the property a year later, we started using it as a ...
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As a prospective tenant, how can I screen a potential landlord and what should I look for?

I am looking for a room and I came across one Craigslist Ad. Please find the image below for the Ad: As can be seen above, there are lot of things that a landlord is demanding from a prospective ...
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What is a tranche?

I am studying Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs) - My understanding is that the product consists of mortgages which have real estate as collateral. The mortgages are bundled in batches ...
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Does the death of a spouse affect capital gains calculation of the jointly owned home?

Say a couple jointly owns a primary home free and clear, and then one of them dies. The title is then transferred to the survivor. Does the fact the title transferred reset the clock for when the home ...
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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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Construction loans - when do payments begin?

For the sake of round numbers, consider this scenario: $300,000 land purchase $700,000 cost to build a home $200,000 down payment Figure building the home will take 1 year. My question is, for ...
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Can I take a loan against propety in my children's name?

I am from Chennai, India. The house which we are living in Chennai used to be in my father's name. My father has four children and I am the last one, daughter and I am widowed and living with my ...
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Is buying a townhouse as a “starter home” a bad idea?

My wife and I are looking for our first home. We live in a somewhat high-cost area of the Northeast, so most of the houses we see in our price range need a lot of work or are in bad school districts ...
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What things should I consider when getting a joint-mortgage?

I'm currently renting and I'm wanting to buy a house in the area to live in (because I want more space and I want my money to go into an asset rather than simply losing money I'm paying in rent). ...
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What steps are required to transfer real estate into a LLC?

I'm a fairly new landlord, and learning as I go. Apparently one of the early mistakes I made when purchasing my rental properties was buying them under my name instead of forming a Limited Liability ...
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In-laws moving in (financial/tax implications)?

We are contemplating moving into a house with an in-law suite in Mississippi and our inlaws selling their house and moving into it. We would pool the sales from both houses as downpayment on the new ...
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401k vs. real estate for someone who is great at saving?

I'm a great saver, and I have no trouble saving at least 40k a year. I'm 25. I'm still not too sold on the 401k idea though... because I feel like it would chip away at my savings/income, money that I ...
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Real estate loans for repairs

I am very interested in purchasing a foreclosed home that is sold by Freddie Mac. The outside looks great, but the inside needs some work. Basically, the previous owners took everything including the ...
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Mortgage loan and move money to US

If I re-finance or get mortgage loan from my existing property in my home country, and move money to the United States, which taxes do I need to pay (Income tax? Interest Taxes?) or what shall I take ...
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Why do I need an attorney to buy a house?

I thought my real estate agent would cover the whole thing. How does an attorney get involved? Why do I need to hire one on my side? I ask this because I have read about it in first-time buyer help ...
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Is there any truth to the saying '99% of the world's millionaires have become rich by doing real estate'?

What is the truth behind the saying '99% of the world's millionaires have become rich by doing real estate'? Do you know the original source of the statement?
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Can you take a capital loss upon sale after probate action assigns a different value?

I'm exploring an option for unwinding a real-estate investment with my step-father. Please assume that we're both amicable towards any viable solution. My step-father is currently the sole owner of ...
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Any Loop Holes for Owner Occupancy?

My Client wants to buy a Fannie Mae property in WA as an owner occupant. He owns another home out of state (in california). He has family that lives here in WA. This particular Fannie house in WA ...
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renter's insurance for causing property damage

It seems that renter's insurance only covers the tenant's property and perhaps guests. I suspect that a far bigger financial risk for a tenant is in liability due to causing a fire, flood or other ...
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Refinance FHA 203k to conventional

I am thinking of getting a streamlined FHA 203k loan for a home. The loan is for $101,300. The best offer I could find is 4% interest, but because of required insurance fees, I would pay $630.13 a ...
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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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Can I retroactively get the tax assesment on my house adjusted and get a refund on previously paid taxes?

We're in the process of selling a former home. Our listing price has been sinking all along, but it is about to go below what's listed as the "assessed market value" of the home - that is, the value ...
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Dealing with Home inheritance

I have been living in my grandmother's house for the past 20 years. The house has been paid off for years. During that time, I have taken care of her and the house until she got bedridden. My aunt had ...
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What is the easiest way for a non-american to purchase real estate in the US?

I am curious to know what would be the easiest ways to purchase real estate in the US and also like to know what would be the best places to learn about purchasing real estate in the US. Any laws I ...
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Withdraw from IRA or regular savings for First Time Home Buyer?

What is the optimal way to source the funds for down payment of a first time home buyer? I understand if I withdraw 10k of an IRA account there will be no 10% tax penalty, but there will be taxes to ...
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What's the catch in investing in real estate for rent?

I can see a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom $100k property on Zillow (est. mortgage $375/mo) next to a university so rent prospects are good. Rent estimate by Zillow, confirmed roughly by Craigslist: $972/mo. ...
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How do I calculate the (likely) property taxes on a new home in a new area?

I live in Texas where there is no personal state income tax, but there is a significant tax on real estate. I am considering buying a new home, built to my specifications (ehh, to an extent...) in ...
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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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As a Canadian, what should I invest in if I'm betting that the Canadian real estate will crash?

I apologize in advance if this question seems unethical as you may think I'm trying to profit from people's losses. I'm just trying to protect my investments. So here's my question: if I'm betting ...
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Does a falling dollar mean doom for real estate?

The Aussie dollar has started its downward trend and is predicted to go down to USD 70 cents. I was planning on purchasing a property for myself to live in. However, members in public forums are ...
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Profit sharing on pagdi house

I have bough my 1bhk flat for 2lacs on pagdi system and now I want to resale it. How much share I'll get on profit if my house is sold for 12lacs.
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Is home renovation ever a good investment?

For years I was under the impression that renovating a home was an investment. However, when I look up return on investment for typical home renovation projects, it appears that even the most ...
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Buying property in India: paying loan/mortgage

I am on a H1B visa in USA and thinking about buying property in India. What is the best way to make payments from USA bank ac to pay loan/mortgage in India? Can I get tax relief for loan/mortgage ...
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Selling property in India and gettting back money to USA

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinking about buying property in India. Suppose I alraedy bought some property in India, now in future if i sell the property in India, then how can i get that money back ...
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How correlated are apartment and house prices in the same area?

I live in a city (Australia) where I think apartment prices are going to fall. I think they've already fallen a little bit but there are so many more units coming online in the next year or so. ...
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Rental Property: What is considered decent cash flow? (with example)

I'm looking into buying my first rental property in Syracuse, NY. I'm looking at this one: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-Wellesley-Rd-Syracuse-NY-13207/31678383_zpid/ The current list price ...
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Construction loan for new house replacing existing mortgaged house?

Let's say I buy a home with an ordinary thirty-year mortgage, intending to renovate the house slowly and live there a long time (ten years at least). Five years into the mortgage, however, I decide I ...
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Who pays the property tax on a home for the year of sale?

I sold a condo on the 2nd of January this year, and I was a bit taken aback when I got a property tax assessment for that property from the county for this year (this was not a bill just an assessment ...
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Rental Properties: Is it good or bad that I can't find rental listings on that street?

I'm looking into investing into real estate and rental properties. I live in NYC, and want to check out properties in Syracuse. An agent gave me a list of his listings and I'm looking into one of ...
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Traditional IRA - First Home Purchase - Does the $10K limit apply to each spouse or the entire household?

One can withdraw up to $10K for first time home buyer. My question is if each spouse can make the withdraw or is 10K by purchase?
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Simple Property Management Software

I am a property manager looking over 8 units in a boarding house. I was wondering if anyone knew of any free simple property management software or apps. All I really need to do is keep track of who ...
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Home owners association for houses, pro/cons

(there is a question about home owners associations for condo communities here, so this is a) not a duplicate and b) fit for this website) In most contexts where I hear about a home owners ...
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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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If I sell my house, will I have to pay taxes on the profit?

I am in the United States, in Colorado. I purchased a house in July of 2013. It was in poor condition, so I spent the first two months repairing things before moving in. Now, 11 months after moving ...
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What will be the capital gains tax after we sell a rental home?

I'm in desperate need of some help. I've been asking different tax consultants about this situation, and I keep receiving different answers. My parents purchase a Tudor style home about 30 years ago ...