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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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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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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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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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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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What are the economic benefits of owning a home in the United States?

I am trying to figure out if owning a home is more economical then renting. According to all the tools, according to the rent I pay now (< $800) owning a home is not economical, even in the long ...
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Owning house for 3 years. 15 or 30 year mortgage?

I'm about to move to a new area and will be living there for 3-4 years and then moving to another area (I'm in the military and move every 3-4 years) and I'm thinking that buying a house there is my ...
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Dad paying for my new home in cash. How can I buy the house from him?

We found a home we would like to purchase (U.S.). It was the 2nd day on the market and there were already two other offers for it, so we decided to make a cash offer ($230K) as my dad agreed to pay ...
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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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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 ...
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Why do some people say a house “not an investment”?

I have heard a few people say that "a house is not an investment" as an argument to stay in an apartment. (To me, this seems like a stupid reason, but that is not my question.) Of course, this is ...
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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 factors are to be considered when deciding to go with a 15 year fixed vs a 30 years fixed?

What factors are to be considered when deciding to go with a 15 year fixed vs a 30 years fixed? Pretty simple really; I could make the payments on a 15 year fixed, but at today's low interest rates, ...
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How do Islamic Banking give loans for housing purposes?

Islamic banks do not give loans they invest in financial activities of their clients. Am I correct? If yes, then how can they provide loans for housings? Home loans have nothing to do with business. ...
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Was this a good deal on a mortgage?

I just graduated college last year, and was looking to buy a house. Clearly I wouldn't be able to buy it outright, so I was thinking of getting a mortgage. I have a steady job (~$55,000 annual before ...
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Previous owner of my home wants to buy it back but the property's value is less than my loan… what to do?

I've owned my home for close to 5 years and it's value is currently around $100k below my loan amount (according to zillow). I hate living here, and I've wanted to sell it for a long time. Today, ...
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Why is it good to borrow money to buy a house?

In most cases of purchases the general advice is to save the money and then make the purchase. Paying cash for a car is recommended over paying credit for example. For a house, getting a mortgage is ...
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Owner-Financed home sale or Land Contract — how to handle the transaction and the ongoing entity?

My sister and I inherited a property in a rural, backwater area rather inconveniently located to where we live. We've got zero interest in keeping it. To wit, we put it on sale and now are recieving a ...
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What are the most important things to ask a real estate agent before hiring them?

I've been researching the best ways to search for a home, and questions have come up about real estate agents. Getting a good real estate agent could potentially save you thousands of dollars, but I'...
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Recent college grad. Down payment on a house or car?

So here's the situation I'm facing. I've recently graduated college but have been working for a while now. I've managed to save up around $10,000 aside for my "money to live" stash. And like most ...
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Buying a house, Bank or rent to own?

We currently rent a house. Our credit is ok, but we're working on it (paying things off, disputing things, etc). We are first time buyers. We have a good relationship with the owners. We are thinking ...
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Seller refuses to accept offer on home until after inspection

I'm currently trying to buy a home (that happens to be a foreclosure), and the bank who owns it is allowing us an inspection period, however they are unwilling to accept our offer until after the ...
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Is it okay to put household utilities in girlfriend's name if I own the home?

I just bought a house. My girlfriend is going to be living with me, but the house is in only my name. To split the expenses, we are planning on her paying all of the utilities. Is there any problem ...
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What percent of the profit do you get from selling a home with a mortgage?

This is a very simple question, but I've had a hard time finding a simple answer. Suppose Bob has a home that's worth $100k, with a mortgage, with $50k of the principal paid off (so he still owes the ...
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In a house with shared ownership, if one person moves out and the other assumes mortgage, how do we determine who owns what share in the end?

Let us assume a shared ownership house, where everything is 50/50 in terms of deposit, monthly payments, bills, and eventually estate agent costs, and lawyer costs when the house is sold. If the ...
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In the donut hole of assistance, Should I buy a home?

I heard that there are a ton of credits and assistance for my county/state for first time home buyers, so I started to casually look at the assistance programs. Unfortunately, because I would be ...
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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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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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What is title insurance, and should I get title insurance for my home?

I have just sold my house and bought a new one. The lawyer I am working with to do all the necessary paperwork has sent me something about "Title Insurance". I am not quite sure exactly what this is....
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Purchasing an extremely affordable home with 10% down VS renting and saving for 20%

Background: Current Rent: 710/mo or roughly 20% of my 3700 salary take-home pay. Wife is currently in school and will graduate in two years, at which point she will likely be making a teacher's ...
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What is the difference between Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae?

What is the difference between the various US housing agencies referred to as Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and Ginnie Mae? How were each of them affected by the sub-prime mortgage crisis (or, maybe the ...
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If you buy a new home before selling the old one, what could happen from not paying the old mortgage?

I'm researching the process of selling a home and buying a new one. Several articles warn against buying the new home before the old one is sold because you may end up having to pay two mortgages. I'm ...
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Joint property ownership: 2 homeowners, but only 1 lives in the home. How to fairly split mortgage payments?

If 2 people decide to invest in a house, but only 1 of them wants to live in the house, should the interest only monthly mortgage payments be: split 50/50, the person living there pays 100% the ...
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Interest rates dropped significant immediately after purchasing a home

Imagine that: One buys a home at an interest rate, for example 3.625% Several days after closing, interest rates have dropped to 3.4% The timing is rather unfortunate here. Is there any way to ...
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Homeowners: How can you protect yourself from a financial worst-case scenario?

Say your a home-owner, a first time buyer. You've just got your first flat and your about 1 year into your 25 year mortgage. Suddenly, something goes wrong with your job, and your made redundant (...
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Will we have trouble getting a mortgage for our second home if we keep our first to rent out?

My wife and I are currently saving for a home. We currently own a small condo, which we would like to keep as a rental unit once we purchase the second home. Currently our home costs are under 12% ...
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Is it better to buy a house at the end or beginning of a year?

Right now I'm looking for a house, and might be closing in the next few months. One thing that I want to consider is when the closing date should be. We are flexible with the date by a bit, and the ...
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Short-sell, or try to rent out?

I'm currently considering taking a job in another state, and I currently own a home that's up-side down in it's mortgage. I'm trying to figure out what I would do with my home in the event that I move....
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Should I take out a loan vs pay off with mother's help?

I'm considering buying a house for 200k. When buying place ($200k), I will be paying 120k as down-payment, and financing the rest. I am thinking of my mother pay an additional 80k (to buy the place ...
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What are the usual terms of a “rent with an option to buy” situation?

What are the usual terms of a "rent with an option to buy" situation? Is the selling price negotiated ahead of time? What does the renter potentially sacrifice except losing the equity of the rent?
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Is there a general rule for how much of my non-retirement savings should be spent on down payment?

I know I should X months of cash for emergencies (I've seen X range from 6 to 24, depending on who's giving the advice). But in addition to that, is there any generally accepted rule for how much of ...
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Can I use Case Shiller values to find an optimal time to buy in a recovering housing market?

I live in the NW US. I've been considering buying a house for some time now. But the market value of a house has been on a downward trend for years. I thought that around October last year the market ...
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How to take a home inventory?

An answer to the question Spring cleaning for your finances? Is there any activity that should be done annually, with respect to your money? mentioned home inventory: The Inventory is also very ...
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When is the right time to buy a car and/or a house?

I am a 24 years old young IT professional. Since I don't have addictions to anything including drinking, I mostly save a lot (around 50% of my income after tax like $15-$25k a year). Currently I drive ...
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Can't sell my house because of HOA delinquency rate

Just found out a few days before settlement on the sale of my house that most lenders will not lend funds to a buyer if the property they are purchasing is part of an HOA community where more than 15% ...
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Saving for a down payment on a new house, a few years out. Where do we put our money next?

We currently have two rewards checking accounts. We are nearing the maximums permitted on each account, after which we receive .5% and .25% APY. It's within our means to perhaps open another one, ...
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Is it legally safer to purchase a short sale instead of a foreclosure?

I'm considering purchasing a home, and given todays market I've been viewing a lot of foreclosures and short sales. That being said, I have a question on short sale VS foreclosure in terms of legal ...
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At what damage amount should I pursue a homeowner's insurance claim?

We have a recently built house (2008). This past year, a roof leak materialized. I am out of pocket $3250 for several contractor visits that tore out interior drywall, recaulked flashing and siding, ...
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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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Am I really house poor?

This is my financial situation and I hope that someone can guide me. I have been in the market for a house to buy. There is a house that I like and I wanted to know if I could afford it. I have ...

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