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Property capital appreciation

Im new to financial formulas so bear with the novice in me. When you hear, guy X bought a property for $400,000 and 20 years later it was sold at a much higher price , and they just subtract sold ...
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When the lease on the land on which one's house is located expires in China, how does the renewal work and how is its cost determined?

From my understanding, when someone purchases a house or condominium in China, they typically receive a 70-year lease for the land on which the house or condominium is located. The land is still ...
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Are there standard mathematical models for rent vs. buy?

The internet has a lot of "calculators" to decide on rent vs buy. However I think there can be simple mathematical models/formulae to make this decision. I see the following variables, some ...
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Do I have to use my realtor on a For Sale by Owner home

I found a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) home that I love through a family friend. The seller has sold two of their homes before with no broker help from them or the buyer. They don't want pay any amount to ...
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Wonky credit score situation, when should I refinance?

Back Story I had 750+ credit in February when I decided to look for a home. Searched for a home w help from a friend and my brother Worked with the agent to set everything up The sellers were looking ...
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What is the best way to start investing in real estate if you have no experience?

I want to buy a condo to live in as a starter home but want to begin renting it out at some point after I buy it, presumably when I have enough money to buy a larger home, as opposed to just selling ...
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Should I live in someone else's property for free or should I house hack?

I'm in my mid twenties and my financial goal is to be able to retire early with probably an average workers' income as passive income. I have an opportunity to manage a property, including renting out ...
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How to use savings to buy security

I am a 28 year old single male and I have about 30k USD in my retirement account and 100k USD in my savings and checking accounts. I'm on track to save another 30-40k through the rest of the year as a ...
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Can you gain access to the equity in your house by selling it to yourself?

I am sure many people are in a situation like this: I've owned my house for a while and now there's a decent amount of equity in it which I would like to tap into. One option is to get a Loan or HELOC....
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Can ownership percentage go down if the home value goes down?

Husband and wife together with mother buy a house $452,855 purchase price in 2005. Mother puts down $152,000 downpayment H&W hold mortgage of $300,855.Mother has 33.6% ownership and H&W have ...
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Shared ownership with sibling

Here is my current situation: I am looking to purchase a property with my sibling that we will both live in. They are a graduate student, so their current income isn't great ($25,000/year) but they ...
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How does equity work if you use equity to for a down payment on a second house?

If home equity is used as a down payment on a second home, how much initial equity does the second home have? is it equal to the equity-down-payment as in a cash down payment for a home? Say you have ...
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Master condo insurance - Replacement costc vs insurance coverage limit

What's the difference between the replacement cost and the insurance coverage limit for a master condo insurance policy? Are they the same quantity? If not, how should I think about their difference?
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Does purchasing a second home qualify for 401K hardship withdrawal?

I just asked Vanguard and they checked my withdrawal availability: Either Hardship withdrawal may only be taken for the following purposes: Purchase of a primary residence. Prevention ...
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Am I causing any problems for myself by having no records of owning or leasing a residence?

Nothing prompted this question other than wandering curiosity. We know that it is possible to suffer a poor credit score due to a thin credit history and lack of variety of credit. Is it ...
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Should I invest in house? [duplicate]

I'm a 26 year old guy living in Croatia (Europe) in a coastal town known for tourism. Average salary in Croatia is around 700€, while I have a steady job and earn 1700€ (after tax) as a software ...
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Why is 5 years the 'magic number' for how long one should live in a home? [duplicate]

It seems common knowledge that it is good to buy a home if you plan to own it for 5+ years as seen in this answer as that is the point at which you will make up for losses(e.g. realtor fee) ...
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Getting an FHA with less than 1 year of self-employment income

My wife and I (in our 20's) are looking to purchase a home in September after our lease is up, but won't quite have enough for 20% down by then (most likely 10-15%. I've currently switched from W2 ...
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Financing a house

So I'm in an odd situation. My mom, who has cancer, was about to be foreclosed on by defaulting on her HELOC. Not wanting to lose my childhood home and seeing an opportunity to get into property ...
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Should relocation to more expensive area affect home-ownership decision?

I am about to relocate (from outside the US to Massachusetts) for a limited time period (~4 years). Compared to my current job and expenses, both prices and wages should be approximately X1.5 times ...
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Add joint owner to title of a fully paid house in the United States

While married, I bought a property, in my name only, nine years ago. It has been fully paid off for six years. I want to add my spouse of 20 years as a joint owner on the title. What is the process ...
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How much income am I getting by renting my house?

I am moving from Portland, OR to SF Bay area and therefore contemplating whether to sell or rent the house. I am not planning to move back to this house. Property details: Bought for : $267,000 Paid ...
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Is it more financially sound to own 100% of one property or 50% of two properties?

Property A: 3-bed flat in a decent location, say, worth $100k Property B: 2-bed flat in a marginally worse (but still decent) location, say, worth $75-80k Person X and person Y both inherited 50% of ...
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Which option to invest savings on home ownership? [closed]

I have savings of ksh 1m to invest in a residential plot(1/8th of an acre) - not built - in the suburbs of Nairobi city - say 30km from the city (Kitegela). the plots cost from 2m-3m, is this a good ...
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How do I calculate what percentage I will own of my parents vacation home?

My parents own a vacation cabin that I would like to invest in. The cabin is worth $330,000 and they have a mortgage on it with a balance of $125,000. They took out $40,000 of their primary ...
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Do I care if the housing market has gone up or down, if I'm moving from one house to another?

I can see several cases in which it obviously IS important if the market is high or low. e.g: if I'm buying my first house if I'm retired and selling my last house if I'm moving to a very different ...
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How much is paid in taxes if the Homeowners Tax Deduction equals a person's Income Tax amount (USA, FL)

I was wondering how much of a yearly tax payment could be deducted using the homeowners tax deduction. I know that the policy allows for a deduction of the interest payments amount for up to $750,000. ...
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How do we guarantee my live in girlfriend’s interests when we share expenses?

I am buying a house because my credit is better than my girlfriend. How do we go about after the purchase if we share expenses and how do her rights get protected?
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Able to pool funds for a downpayment and co-ownership of a home?

I want to buy a house but I do not have quite enough for the 20% down payment I'd ideally like to post for the mortgage. My wife and I are thinking of chatting with our family and getting together ...
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Switching homeowners insurance - are there any considerations to take into account during the transition period?

My current homeowner's insurance has bungled a recent repair and I'm ready to move to a new company. I have done the research and found a firm that I feel very comfortable with. I'm planning to switch ...
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Why would a rational buyer offer to buy with no conditions precedent?

Assume that the Canadian Reddit commenter beneath is rational. I corrected typos. As an investor, I have a tactic where I only buy houses via the listing realtor, and do not use my own. Why? ...
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Paying the rent with profit of private investment company: What what would be the best construct?

My partner and I have rented a home in a small village and would like to stay there for many decades to come. However, I feel uncomfortable being a tenant. So, we have saved enough money to buy a ...
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What does 'raise money on the security of the house' mean?

I am reading about a personal finance situation in which "A 78 year old widow wanted to help her nephew raise money on the security of her house, provided she can remain there for life. I'd like to ...
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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 asking ...
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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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