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Questions tagged [home-ownership]

Any questions related to Home Ownership. There is a related specific tag for Mortgages. It is recommend you include a country, state tag, or location in your question.

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What (and how hard) can I REALLY bargain when buying a new home through a builder?

I am about to buy a brand new home in the state of Texas. It should be ready in about 12 months. The home is being bought through a builder and therefore I have a few floor plan options (I can add or ...
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Should I pay off my home mortgage due to TCJA cutting SALT deductions?

Definition Under prior law, in addition to being allowed to deduct 100% of state and local income (or sales) taxes, homeowners could deduct 100% of their state and local personal property taxes. ...
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401(k) losing money, considering withdrawal to pay off mortgage

I left my job 13 years ago with $80,000 in a 401(k) plan and $500 a month pension. Two years ago the company told me that I had to get money for pension. I had already lost $45,000 of my 401(k) due ...
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Should I deplete my saving and buy a house with cash, or should I rent?

My wife and I are very frugal. We've been living abroad for several years and saved a decent amount of our salaries. We've decided to move back to the US this year. We've found a modest home that ...
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When buying a house in California, what inspections should you do?

I am in the process of buying a house in Indio, California In the event my offer is accepted, what type of inspections do I need to do. I am actually living in the UK (the property will be a short ...
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Buying strategies for foreclosure condos

I saw a foreclosure condo which seems upgraded by the bank. I really liked the place, but the price can be cheaper. Can we negotiate with the bank on such foreclosure houses? What are some ...
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Strategies on buying a house for a first-timer

I'm 29, and I live in Chicago NW suburbs. I pay a lot for rent, so I am planning to buy my first house. I have no prior experience on this. What are some tips and strategies to buy a home? More ...
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how to divide ownership of a house with family member who stopped contributing 8 years ago?

My brother and I bought a house together back in 2006 for $270k. We both contributed 50% to the mortgage between 2006 and 2011. My brother moved out in 2011 and stopped contributing to the mortgage, ...
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Real Estate Agent Exclusive Agreement - Geographic Restriction

I am searching for homes in two different geographic locations in NJ. I was refereed to an agent who is local to one area I am looking at buying. I told him I may want to look further south and ...
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Running the numbers on buying a house for 3 years instead of renting

My SO and I moved out to a new city while she's in med school. We're currently in an apartment paying ~$1,300/mo (after utilities, etc...). However, the other day I realized 2-3 bed houses here cost ...
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European banks, low interest rates and “free money” for home owners?

Where I live in Scandinavia and across Europe, interest rates are very low. More and more people are using the rising value of their home to draw out money. I would almost call it "free" money when ...
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What are the unknown costs of getting out of a housing purchase?

I just got the appraisal back on a house I am under contract to buy, and the appraisal is "passing" but not impressive. I'll admit I screwed up doing my due diligence. I can easily not qualify for ...
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How can I offer a price lower than the listing price, without angering the vendor?

Dan Barnabic, Post Graduate Engineering (Naval Academy Rijeka). The Condo Bible for Canadians (2013). p. 25. Notwithstanding market conditions, always start with a low offer — say, 75% of the ...
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Why would a home seller ask a buyer to offer LESS?

My brother-in-law is looking to buy a house. The house he wants has been on the market for a long time, and it's in pre-foreclosure. The owners are underwater on it. He submitted a lowball offer, ...
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How can I claim a tax deduction for home improvements made to my rental property?

Scenario I need to do 5k worth of home improvement in the form of replacing an A/C and a furnace. The property is a rental and I'm probably going to break even this year. On the other hand, I have ...
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To make a Gift Deed or Sale Deed

I live in a house that have a share of my brother. I want to pay my brother share in cash by taking a Home loan. The house is in name of my father. Now I am confused & blank about thinking that ...
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Why would the bidding on a foreclosed property start at the outstanding amount of the loan?

I've read from several reliable-looking sources that if a foreclosed house goes up for auction, the bidding usually starts at the outstanding amount of the loan (plus fees, etc.): Example Money Talks,...
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Best way to save up for a house

When trying to save up for a house, should I make sure that money is put in a bank account and is liquid? Or do I put it into some mutual funds and take out the money when I have enough for my down ...
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Is home ownership in the US only a decent investment beause it's leveraged and tax-advantaged?

Long term, home prices in the US are relatively flat when indexed to inflation. Even in the Bay Area, a market that's seen a lot of recent growth, the S&P 500 has outperformed housing. Ignoring ...
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How do owners of one home make money on the sell-and-buy process?

With school loans diminishing and job salaries rising, there is constant pressure among family and friends to start looking for a home and stop renting. "It's a great investment", they say, "and it ...
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Out of state property for a secured home loan

How can I use a house fully paid in New Orleans as collateral to purchase a house in Washington state? Do I need to have the New Orleans house appraised? In 2010 my dad died leaving me the house he ...
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Saving for a New Home

My wife and I are saving for a new home in NYC. The only debt we have is a student loan (about $26k left at 3%). We have $47k in the bank and our Household Income (HHI) is about $300k. We owe just ...
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IRS ramifications of renting to a family member who also entitled to 1/3 of home (informally)

My mother quit claimed her mortgage-free home to me many years ago. It was understood that she would retain financial control the remainder of her life, although never formalized as a living trust. ...
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Paying off a Line of Credit and buying a house

I have an offer from a friend. They currently have a Loan with a house that they own(no mortage,etc) as collateral. They would like me to take over the Loan in exchange for the property, i.e. I pay ...
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Help required on equity share setting up a cohabitation agreement (UK)

My partner and I are in the process of setting up a cohabitation agreement but struggling to come to an agreement of equity split. At the point I moved in with my partner he had equity in the ...
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What does the FHA insurance schema actually mean?

Because of my low savings, but high-income/high-credit-score scenario, I'm only able to get my first house by using an FHA loan (as far as I can tell.) I want to do a 3.5% down, 30-year loan for a ...
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Is there a standard way to calculate property joint ownership percentage when one party has put in zero deposit? [duplicate]

Is there a standard formula/convention to calculate the % of ownership on a property based on the following situation I am buying property together with my partner and her mother. Lets assume for now ...
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Is it possible to get a big personal loan for foreign investment?

I'm from the UK, working as a contractor for a US company, earning $30k+ annually, and I want to buy a house costing around $100k in a non-EU country. I need an investment visa to do this. A ...
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What are my options for tax deductions if buying a house for my sister (complicated)

I am looking at buying a home for my sister to live in and I am trying to figure out if I can deduct any of the interest/payments. This is a pretty special case from what I can tell - I can't tell if ...
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How much can I trust Zillow's “Zestimate” of my home's value?

My wife and I purchased a townhouse almost two years ago. I've signed up at Zillow to receive occasional (monthly?) "Home Report" emails which includes a "Zestimate" of my current home's value, as ...
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How much house can a retired person afford

Consider a single person with a net worth of N where N is between one and ten million dollars. He is retired and has no source of income other than his investments. He wants to buy a home which means ...
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Mortgage Company Holding insurance premium payment til repairs made

I am 70 years old and not in good health and do not know what to do to get my problem solved. My home was damaged by Hurricane Irma Damage estimate: $7500 My deductible was high: $13,200 So I ...
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Who is responsible for verifying seller of property has authority to sell?

I recently purchased a condominium and am now in a situation where my ownership of the condominium is being questioned. The sale was a probate sale where the previous owner passed away and the sale ...
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Claiming more deductions in paycheck to pay house downpayment?

I am in my 20's and single with no dependents and I am saving hard for a home. My goal is buying a place by late 2018. Currently I claimed very few deductions on my regular paycheck so a ...
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Can an unmarried couple buy a home together with only one person on the mortgage?

Suppose there is a couple, Clayton and Emma. Clayton is 26 and has a good job making over $75k a year, Emma is 20 and still in college (she doesn't have any student loans but she has no job and no ...
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What is fair between 10 owners of an estate? [closed]

My father passed away in 2014, and my mother in 2012. They left a will 30 years old. They had my 2 sisters as executors. We were never told anything and they had me and my sister pay rent. I paid for ...
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Buy home and leverage roommates, or split rent?

Currently, I live in a 3 bedroom apartment with 4 other people (5 total), and we are looking to switch apartments because we don't like the place anymore. I started looking around for new places, and ...
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Is it a wise investment to buy a second home and rent out the first?

I currently live in a house that I own with my parents. 2 years ago I got a job which lets me work remotely,and since then I wanted to move out of state because this house is in an state with killer ...
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Do I have to replace the roof immediately after insurance payout?

I have a $8500 bid to replace the roof after hail damage. Obviously, insurance isn't going to pay out all of it. After the deductible and depreciation, I'm looking at $3700 payout. Are they going ...
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How to buy a second home while keeping the first and not paying for two mortgages?

I currently live in my parents' house for which I am making the mortgage payments (as a kind of rent). But I would like to buy my own house and move out, and my parents don't want to sell their house. ...
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How do Inspection Contingencies work if the seller offers to fix the problem?

We made an offer on a house and the seller accepted it. Now we did a Home Inspection of the house, and we found that it had unacceptably high Radon levels. The seller has offered to install a Radon ...
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I co-own a house with my Mom. Should I move it under my name 100%?

I purchased a house as a non-occupant buyer with Mom a year ago. It is her home. Good decision at the time for a few reasons and I put down the full down payment (20%). I am thinking that long term ...
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Manufactured home joint ownership

If my sister and I own a manufactured home that I live in and pay everything including taxes for, what are my rights to sell or to remove her from the title? Does she forfeit her rights after so long ...
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Should I invest in my house, when it's in my wife's name?

I loaned my wife about £50k in order to do work on the property she owns. I did this with a documented loan agreement, and she was not my wife at the time. Now we are married, I moved in, and sold ...
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How do I figure out the next step in deciding to sell my home to the market or to a uniquely interested buyer?

I am going to be selling my house soon. It just so happens that the owners of a rental property next door once expressed interest in our home. (In case it's valuable info: They used to live in the ...
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Second house: buy & sell, or make rental income as landlord

I'm looking into purchasing one or two modest houses (I have the budget for this), both on a mortgage, but renting out one of them. One of these would be a primary residence, and the second an "...
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Rent Personal Residence from Personal REIT

I can't find anyone who's done this, so I assume it doesn't work, but don't know why not. Let's say I'm going to buy a home. Instead, I create an REIT, the REIT buys the home, and I pay rent to the ...
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What home insurance policy riders does the average person buy?

While researching home insurance policies I found myself wondering how often other home owners purchase certain policy riders, such as water backup and sump overflow protection. Are there any ...
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Can a first home's equity be used to bring down the interest rate on a second home mortgage?

Supposing you have a home worth around $500k which you have completely paid off. Now you want to buy a second home, but don't want to sell the first because it brings good rental income. Can you put ...
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Boyfriend is coowner of a house with his sister, he wants to sell but she doesn't

My boyfriend's parents passed away and he and his sister were left with his father's house and the land around it. He's been living there ever since, but in horrible conditions. He can afford the ...