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In general, is it financially better to buy or to rent a house?

I know this differs from country to country, from person to person (depending on how much you already have saved), but I'm curious about the simplest example. Let's say I have little to no money. I ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Does it make sense to buy a house in my situation?

I've been in a pretty crappy financial situation. I've described my situation in detail in the past and I am greatful for all the great advice I have received here. Since asking that question 8 ...
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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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How do you value your home when calculating your net worth?

I'm interested in tracking my net worth as a way of measuring progress and I'd like to include home equity in my net worth. How are you tracking home equity? Are you using purchase price? Average ...
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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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What's the tax on a hobby orchard?

Say I harvest crop as a hobby on my land, and it's less than an acre. What's the tax on the crop income? In California.
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Transferring money from the Philippines to the USA?

I would like to bring in $150,000 from my bank in the Philippines to another bank here in the US. This money is from a lot I sold which was given to me (under my name) by my dad who has already passed ...
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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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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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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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How do I create the illusion I don't have anything valuable, so thieves wouldn't want to steal from my home?

There's a question on DIY SE asking how to secure the house from intruders. One of the answers is to not have anything valuable or at least to not appear to. Can the illusion that a person doesn't ...
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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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Why can't house prices be out of tune with salaries

I have been arguing for years with my colleagues that having house prices go up 10% pr year and salaries only 3-4% means that we have less money, not more. They in turn say that its not a problem ...
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Can I back out of a house purchase after the inspection if the offer stipulates “as is”?

I made an offer on a house in the state of Arkansas, and got a counter offer, and now I am about to accept it. However, there is one thing that bugs me: the counter offer requires me to buy the house ...
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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 to calculate the total return on buying a home?

How to calculate the total return on buying a home, considering things such as : home value down payment constant mortgage payment (going from mostly interests at the beginning to mostly principal ...
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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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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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Is this investment opportunity problematic?

I recently got an email from a close friend of mine, that goes something like this: We're looking to sell our rental house and buy a new one. We found one we like, but the housing market is very ...
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How can I minimize losses on an upside down mortgage for a condo I no longer live in?

I have made a good faith effort to keep up my mortgage payments on a condo that I no longer live in since Oct 2005. In 2005 I had to move out of state for my job and I listed the property for about ...
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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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Is there any instrument with real-estate-like returns?

I want to shift part of my portfolio away from stocks into real estate. I've found that if I bought real estate directly I could expect about 10% in yearly returns. The problem with buying physical ...
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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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Is it a good investment for a foreigner to purchase a flat/apartment in China?

Is it a good investment for a foreigner to purchase a flat/apartment in China? Why, or why not?
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Tax on Sale of Property

My uncle has sold his property and he deposited the money he received from selling the property. I like to know, if he keeps that amount in his bank account for an year, will that money be taxed? He ...
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Is renting out a house still a lot of trouble if you rent through a real estate agency?

I often hear people speak about the difficulties of renting out a house, such as dealing with damage to the property, delinquent tenants, occupancy, etc. Where I live (the US), real estate companies ...
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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 ...