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Landlord moves new people in/break lease

I am renting a room in a house, and when I signed my lease, I was told that no one else would be moving in. This is a small home, and there is not very much room. Since then, three more people have ...
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Settling house with husband during divorce. Which of these two options makes the most sense?

This is the scenario: Our house is worth about $250,000 (we think). We owe about $200,000, so we have $50,000 equity. We are divorcing amicably and both want a solution that is fair and makes sense. ...
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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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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 can I find out about right-of-way or easements when purchasing Land with powerlines?

I found a nice piece of land that I wish to purchase. I've never purchased a house or land before and I'm hoping for some advice. The property has quite a bit of acreage, but it appears that on the ...
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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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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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Determining CMHC insurance premium

Is the calculation based on purchase price with HST or without HST? For example, the property is being purchased from the builder and the stated purchase price includes HST. If the posted price is ...
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Buying a home with down payment from family as a “loan”

First time here, so please be gentle! I am thinking of buying a home, and have enough steady income to comfortably afford the monthly payment on the loan. However, I will need help with the down ...
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Is there an equivalent of writing calls on personal real estate holdings

Where possible I like the ability to write calls on the underlying asset for the residual income in a low-medium volatility environment Is there the equivalent of doing this with real estate? I am ...
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Rural home purchase contingent on Internet access availability?

I'm considering a move to a rural area where there are only two internet service providers. The only information we can get as to the availability and performance is from the home owners who are ...
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Is Real Estate ever a BAD investment? If so, when?

Even in a bad market, over 30 years won't the value of Real Estate always go up? Is it always a sure bet? If not, what should an investor or buyer consider?
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250k USD in savings. What's next?

I'm 32 years old and just got married 1 year ago (hopefully won't be having children at least in the next 3 years). In the last years I got to save some money, which goes up to the total amount of ...
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UK Ltd taxation on stocks/bonds income and real estate rent income

If I got it, the main tax an UK Ltd has to pay is the corporate tax, which is about 20% of the total income of the company. This income include income derived from bonds, stocks, mutual funds ...
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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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Working with Real Estate Agents

So first off I have worked with about 10 real estate agents over the past year or so. I find most of them are quite horrible. You explain what you want and they either don't call you back or show ...
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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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Property Records - Foreclosure and Fair Market Purchase, Over and Over

Here is the records I am finding on a particular property I would like to purchase: It seems like this Smith property owner has bought it out of foreclosure three times, and sold it to a party ...
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What benefits do “title search companies” have over physically visiting a land records offices?

I am looking into buying my first piece of real property. Basically my question is "why do title search companies even exist?". Who uses them? And why? Are they doing something special apart from ...
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How can I figure out how much to bid on a parking space?

A nearby condo building is auctioning off 65 parking spaces within the building with no minimum bid. The condo is in the middle of the business district in my city. I'm interested in investing in one ...
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How to bet against the London housing market?

A lot of people are talking about a property bubble in London and I was wondering: how could you short the property market and bet on a crash? Is there any obvious way? Basically, how could someone ...
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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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How do I determine capital gains tax on a vacation property for 2014?

In 2003, I bought a property in New Jersey for $465,000 to use as a vacation home. I'm planning to sell it, and I think that I'll get around $685,000. I rented it out for several weeks the first year ...
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Finance the land on a non-financeable house?

A local real estate listing that I'm interested in says the house is non-financeable(it is an old mobile). However, it is on an acre of land. I have 20000 to put down, and I was wondering if it's ...
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Evidence For/Against Real Estate Investing Vis-a-vis Investing in ETFs

Do people have good pieces of evidence about whether or not Real Estate is worth investing at all? What's a good measurement to decide this (e.g., simply looking at value increases?) If I have X ...
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Buying property in India : FBAR declaration.

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinking about buying property in India. If I buy any property in india,do I need to report my property in USA income tax return, FBAR or anywhere else? Do i need to pay ...
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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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Investment property information resources

I'm thinking of buying some investment property, however I have no idea where to start with it. I understand that there are a few kinds of property investments and a bunch of laws and tax variations ...
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Difference in rent listed on company's website and the lease they sent me

I'm trying to rent an apartment for next year. The rent listed on the company's website is $150 less than the rental amount contained in the lease they've emailed me. I haven't signed anything yet, ...
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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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Rent or own, given these circumstances

Option A: $3600 (RENT) for a 3/2.5 condo. Option B: $629,000 (BUY) for a 3/1.75 house. This is in the Los Angeles area. Looking to live in this area for at least a year, maybe more. The house ...
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Where can I find information on Loans in foreign currency for the purchase of property in Australia? [closed]

I am looking for information on what banks, or other financial institutions, allow borrowing of money in their home currencies for the purposes of purchasing property? The type of information I am ...
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Walking away from an FHA loan

I'm currently looking into the idea of buying a multi-family home in Brooklyn via an FHA loan. FHA loans seemed like they could take some of the risk away of putting down 20% (i.e. a high % of all my ...
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How to find out what Capital Cost Allowance would apply to the condo I invested in?

In this example to claim Capital Cost Allowance on the CRA website, how did the person Gwen come up with an amount of 1200 for the first year? I have a condo that I rent out. I claim my expenses ...
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Is investing in housing considered an adequate hedge against inflation?

Does the price of a home or apartment generally increase, at least, with the rate of inflation in the United States? Could such a purchase be viewed as effective protection against inflation?
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What would happen if I were to lose all equity in my condo when it's time to renew the mortgage?

I've been reading Condo Bible and it has the following passage: A solid down payment of at least 25 percent will act as a buffer for you at mortgage-renewal time should interest rates slowdown. If ...
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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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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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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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Why are monthly mortgage pre-payments applied to the back-end of the mortgage?

After having paid several years of 'extra' principal payment on my mortgage, I found that the extra monies were being applied the the 'back-end' of the mortgage instead of the 'front end'. The ...
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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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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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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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Relationship between Home, Net Worth, and REITs

Source: P215, ETF for Dummies, 2nd Ed (2011) by Russell Wild: Your residence, your portfolio If you bought your home for, say, $130,000 some 26 years ago, and that home is now worth $1.3 ...
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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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Hidden downsides of real-estate property tax appeal?

My real-estate lawyer sent me an offer to file a tax appeal on my behalf. I will have to pay some percentage from the tax savings if appeal is successful and my taxes are reduced and won't have to pay ...
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What evidence is there that rising interest rates causes Canadian condo prices to go down?

I live in Toronto Canada where condos are extremely expensive. I'm willing to wait 2-3 years to build up down payment to buy a condo. I'm hoping within the 2-3 years, interest rates will go up by 1-2% ...
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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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What risks am I taking if my well-off close friend is asking to use my credit to flip a property?

I have very good credit that I've worked hard to obtain. My friend has flipped a few properties and made some good money doing so. He wants to pay me a fee along with any taxes I'll endure if I put a ...