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The mortgage company is trying to force us to make repairs after an insurance claim

We had some hail damage to our roof and deck after a bad storm and made a claim with our insurance company. The damage was in the 5 figure range, but the estimate for the deck was only a couple of ...
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Do home values typically rise and fall consistently across different price ranges?

Within the same city, as the market rises and falls, do cheap, average-priced, and expensive home values typically rise and fall at a similar percentage? For instance, all homes in the city rise ...
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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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Buying a house. Seller wants cash now and move only next year, renting same house in meantime

A relative of mine found a fantastic house on the market (Canada), evaluated 750k. He knew there were 3 other buyers making offers and he was entering a bidding war. He made an 800k offer and was the ...
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Is a Home Warranty worth the money?

I'm a first-time homebuyer, and one of the stipulations of the down payment assistance program I have is that I have to buy a home warranty (which covers appliances, plumbing, roof, etc in case of ...
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What are the primary risks of buying a house in a short sale?

What are the primary risks of buying a short sale home? I've been looking at it as a way to buy a home cheaply, and I understand that repairs may be in order. However I've been warned (in general ...
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Is selling your house without an agent worth the hassle?

There have been numerous "for sale by owner" signs appearing recently. This seems like a convenient way to reduce the commission charged by Real Estate agents but I have heard that this is still a "...
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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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What home improvements are tax deductible?

Specifically, do odor removal and air duct cleaning count as tax-deductible home improvements?
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How to get a down payment for your next home? Use current home as the down payment on the new one?

I bought my first home last year; it's my primary (and only) residence. I intend to pay off the mortgage in 5 or 10 years, then sell the house and buy a bigger one. The new one would cost 2 to 3 times ...
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Are real estate taxes deductible if I use home for business?

I use home for business - work as a contractor from home, on my home computer, but there is no area for exclusive use - desk and computers are also used for personal purposes. So I do not qualify for ...
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Should I purchase earthquake (or other disaster) insurance?

We recently purchased a home. The other day we sat down with our insurance agent to go over our coverage and make sure we were happy with it. Insurance for most disasters (fire, flood) have to be ...
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Smart to buy a house in college?

My brother and I are still in college, but we have quite a bit of money saved up from various online businesses we own. We are looking at places to stay next year and are considering purchasing a ...
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Is it advised to sell current self occupied home and buy the other new one to book the profit?

I have a first (and only) and self occupied home. Mortgage is fully paid. Home is with four rooms. Considering expenses I done on home so far including my share in mortgage, taxes so far, total ...
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Is it worth working at home to earn money? Can I earn more money working at home?

I just started using an online money-making site... My question would be Is it worth working at home to earn money? Can I earn more money working at home?
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How can I save money on home insurance?

What are some of the easy or not-so-easy ways to save money on home insurance?
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I'm under contract for a house, but I'm moving away suddenly. Still purchase as an investment?

I'm under contract for my first house. But I just got an outstanding job offer across the country that is almost double what I currently make. I will be moving. Purchase price for the house is 290k, ...
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What are some strategies to determine how much I should spend on rent when I have a lot of savings?

I'm fortunate enough to have saved a lot of money over the years, and have nothing specific that I'm saving for (it will be at least a few years before I start a family). This is great of course, but ...
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How to pay more principal on home loan?

This is how I pay off my current loan for my condo. Principal and interest - $1,867.27 Escrow payment - $776.63 Total monthly payment - $2,643.90 When I go and look at the transaction detail. This ...
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Does it make sense to switch from a 30 year 6.99% loan to a 6.89% loan (Australia)

I have recently bought an apartment and have an outstanding loan for $200K. I looked around but the bank I presently bank with somewhat surprisingly offered me the best rate at 6.99% (discounted off ...
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Does purchasing a mobile home allow you to lower your income tax?

I have heard that by owning a home that your federal income tax is reduced. Does this still apply to mobile homes? If so, how much reduction could I expect? I currently have a tax rate of 28%. Living ...
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Does a home buyer have any protection against the seller breaking the contract?

I'm somewhat familiar with the process of buying a house in the United States and I imagine the process is similar in other countries. Normally, the would-be buyer deposits some "earnest money" with a ...
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Keeping money at home

I was in the office of one of the investment companies and on the brochure they said that 13% of people keep money at home. I wonder if there is a good reason to do that. even if banks would fall ...
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Home sale: No right to terminate?

I'm making an offer on a house. I was informed that the seller, a relocation company, is asking for the following: a right of the buyer to inspect but "no right to terminate." That is, I would have ...
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Will incomplete home improvement projects affect mortgage refinance?

We purchased our home a year ago at a not-terrible rate, but we are now considering refinancing for a shorter term at a rate nearly 2% lower. We have about 20% equity in the house, and do not plan to ...
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Pay off home loan early

I currently own a house in northern VA that's paid in full. I want to buy a new house in a development being built in MD. A friend recommended getting a loan for the new house and put mine on the ...
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Buying a short-sale property with repairs needed

I'm looking at purchasing a property that might require somewhat extensive repairs to one of the buildings on the lot (charred timbers in the ceiling of the detached garage/barn from an old fire). I'...
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Ontario New Home Tax Rebate

I've been doing a lot of research on the new home tax rebate. There is a house we want to buy, listed with a realtor - the seller who owns both the land and the house is a builder (he bought the land &...
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Selling my house for what is owed to keep from foreclosure but it's worth more. Who gets the extra money?

I am selling my house to a friend (for what I owe on the mortgage) which is $107k because I am behind on my payments and don't want to go through foreclosure, but it's worth $155k who gets the extra ...
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Can your bank foreclose your house if you own more than 50% of the house equity?

I'm wondering once you paid your mortgage for long enough so you own more than 50% of your home equity the bank shouldn't be able to foreclose the house anymore since you got more than 50% of the ...
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How do I know if Home value is likely to go up?

When looking for a home to purchase, I have heard that location is an important factor in determining whether the home value will go up or not. What things would I need to look for when purchasing ...
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Best return on investment for new home purchase

My fiancé and I are considering buying a house. We're in our late 20s and plan on moving from our low rent apartment in a relatively upscale area to the house we'll potentially buy. Now we have two ...
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How do I evaluate reasonability of home improvement projects?

Assuming that I could afford to make improvements to my home, how do I evaluate whether a project is worth undertaking and not too expensive for the value of my home? I'm not running my household as ...
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does interest payment on loan stay the same if I pay early

Hopefully, my question doesn't sound dumb, because I'm not a finance guy. Suppose I have a 100k loan, and the monthly payment is 1k. My loan payment goes 600 to interest and 400 to pay down ...
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How to calculate interest tax deduction for a mortgage?

I am trying to ascertain the effect of the mortgage tax deduction on my bottom line. The various calculators I found are confusing to me. Specifically, I want to know how much less I'll pay in taxes,...
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Can I withdraw from an RRSP for home renovation using the Home Buyer's Plan?

I have withdrawn $15,000 using Canada Home Buyer's Plan from my spouse's RRSP account in the year 2016. The withdrawal was only from spouse's RRSP account, not my account. Now we are planning to do a ...
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Is there a long-term disadvantage to buying a small home?

I am shopping for a first home. Based on income, and estimates of the monthly mortgage, tax, and insurance payments, I can afford a house that is $180,000 with 30 years. But in my area, such as house ...
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When to liquidate mutual funds for a home downpayment

I have about $18k in mutual fund assets that I am planning to use for a down payment on a home within the next 1-2 years. Combined cost basis for the assets in question is +$2,800. Right now the asset ...
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Can multiple inquiries with only one mortgage lender over months hurt your credit?

We applied for a home loan in the beginning of January and was told to wait 2 months. I want to know if multiple credit inquiries from only ONE lender will hurt or does it count as one creditor? Over ...
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minimum repayment on home loan

How to calculate home loan minimum repayments (before taking out the loan). For example, with a credit card, they clearly state, that you need to make X amount as minimum repayment (maybe 10%) with Y%...
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Can State come after our house for previous owner's back taxes?

More than 4 years ago, we bought a house that was previously used as a business by the previous owner. Recently, we received a letter addressed to our property that stated the day care owed a large ...
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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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Sell home to buy another home for cash

I own a home I bought for cash; no mortgage. I want to sell it and use the cash to buy a different house of similar value. I have very little cash in my pocket and hence cannot use that to buy a house....
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Equity share on first home

My girlfriend and I are buying our first home together. As it stands, I'll be putting quite a large chunk of the deposit (roughly 70%) and I'll be paying about 60% of the monthly mortgage repayments. ...
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Simple loan with a mortage as collateral

I have an employee asking for a small loan to pay his personal property taxes., he is 3 years behind on....I will loan him the money but I need collateral. How can I have him sign his house as ...
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Who does the Title Company work for?

Whe buying a house or piece of property, does the Title Company work for the buyer, the seller, or are they neutral, just playing the part of administering the deal?
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When is the optimal time to replace a home appliance?

I have an old appliance (a drier) that needs a small repair and reached its average lifespan (10 years). It has no rest value. It has always been maintained very well and it's from a very reputable ...
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Best mortgage options when you have less than 20% downpayment?

Whats the best way to buy a home (condo) when you have less than 20% downpayment? I'll have closer to 10%. Should I just pay PMI or take out a loan for the other 10% or something else? I live in ...
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Sell your home and invest in growth stock mutual fund

I purchased a home and I made an agreement with a guy who is living in that home and paying me monthly rent. Since I live with my brother I don't have to live in my purchased home. The rent I'm ...
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risk on selling home and never receiving funds from settlement company

I was about to sell a home where I have good equity, my question is what are the chances that settlement company never pays me the proceeds and runs away/abscond. I see there is FDIC insurance for ...