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How does paying off the mortgage work if I demolish a home and rebuild another home on the property?

I own a single family home in NYC, Queens. I have a mortgage on that property. My Zone permits 3 Family house. I would like to demolish the single family home and build a 3 unit property. How does it ...
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Math Behind Buying a House

Is following calculation correct? I spend $1500/month on average on rent. If I rent for the next 3 years, I would be spending $54,000. I can buy a house for $220,000 today and spend the same amount ...
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Does this sound like a great idea regarding being a landlord and starting a real estate empire?

I want to build a small empire of my own over time in real estate. I want to pay 20% for a house and rent it out for a small profit (hopefully make around 3 - 5k a year in profit) and then pay it off ...
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Wired to the wrong account

Recently, I sold my house that I've been living in for over 20 years. It was almost all paid off, so I got a huge amount of cash in my account. (About 5x my yearly salary). I bought a new house, and ...
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Should I buy a nicer house in a worse area for less than I budgeted?

I am a single male in my mid twenties, based in the UK and looking to buy my first home. I see this home as a 'stepping stone' home and intend to live in it for 5-15 years until I get a partner and ...
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Best ways to invest for a planned house purchase in 1 year?

I've just sold my house after relocating and got £45,000. I am now looking for a house to buy. In the area where I live now houses are around £500,000, so I will need at least £50,000 for the deposit, ...
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Offered money to buy a house, seller is asking for more to cover gap between their listing and mortgage owed

I am purchasing a house, and apparently the seller owes more on it than what he listed it for. His realtor is now asking me if I can come up with 4000 dollars to be able to close. Is this legal? If I ...
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Townhouse or stand-alone house for a first home?

My question is- What are some of the pros and cons of buying a townhouse vs a standalone house for a first home for my girlfriend and I? Some potentially relevant information: We live in the US and ...
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How much mortgage is too much?

I'm buying a house and decided against renting out a place because I feel like it's almost a waste of money, and, most importantly, the rent of a small 40 m^2 apartment in the middle of nowhere is the ...
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Buying a mortgaged house

If someone owns a house that is not paid off (still mortgaged), can someone buy it by taking another mortgage? What kind of offer would be most sensible? I assume that in this case the current owner ...
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Contribute extra to companies 401k with the intention of withdrawing it for house down payment?

My company has a generous 401k program, they contribute 50 cents for every dollar that I contribute, with a very high maximum contribution. Let's say I plan to contribute $10k per year for my ...
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How to prepare to purchase a house? (Germany)

I'm in my late twenties and want to prepare for my future life. I've no debts and a small amount in savings, but I'm going to need some for my marriage this summer. Now I want to prepare for our ...
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Do you have to take the exact loan amount your are pre approved for?

If you get preapproved for say, a 100k house loan, but then find a house for 110k, are you contractually bound to pay at most a 10k down payment? or are you able to still pay a 20% down payment of 20k ...
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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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Finding problems with house after purchase

We recently bought a house in Nebraska, USA. I am British and this was my first experience of the US home buying process (and I hope my last!). I am hoping for some guidance as to whether either the ...
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Options for building equity while living with parent?

My wife and I recently moved to an expensive area of the US for her job, the school district and other reasons. We are currently living with my wife's mother, in her house. After a recent divorce she ...
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New car: buy with cash or 0% financing

Here's my current dilemma: should I buy the new car I'm looking at with cash or have 0% financing for 72 months? For reference, here is some info about me: I am currently living at home. My plan is ...
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Can I buy an overseas property using the bonus from a Lifetime ISA?

I have a Lifetime ISA but am looking to move overseas in the next few months. I am yet to buy any property and thus my first property purchase will most likely be overseas, can I use my Lifetime ISA ...
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Lifetime ISA with small stake in an overseas home

I have been using a Lifetime ISA to save towards a deposit on the purchase of my first home. Recently, I inherited a 12.5% share of the house in Germany in which my father currently lives. The rules ...
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How to get an offer on a house accepted?

I really like a house and I am prepared to put in an offer at the asking price. I think this is a good price for this house considering the current value of houses in this area and from my personal ...
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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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50k into 24 month 1.15% p.a. term deposit, did I make a mistake?

Context: I'm 23 y/o, live with family for obvious financial reasons. While I do pay for all the pet care/internet and some communal food/fuel I obviously am still mooching a lot from my parents. The ...
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Made an offer to buy an apartment, but the actual size is smaller than the one that was promised

Some time ago I decided to buy an apartment, so I started looking for one. I found one, sold through an agency, that I liked. The description on their website reported (and still reports even now as I'...
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Feasibility of buying first house at 23 when I may leave the country in a few years to work/travel (UK)

I am 22 years old and in my final year of study towards an Engineering degree, with a graduate job secured for next year with a starting salary of £25,000. I currently have ~£47,000 in savings, ...
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UK House buying deposit from sale of current property?

We've just started overpaying on our mortgage so it costs us less in the long run due to interest. However at some point in the semi-near future, we'd like to move house. With this in mind, should we ...
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HTB ISA/ Lifetime ISA - combining them to use for a house deposit

I opened a HTB ISA with Halifax (paying 3.5%), as soon as they became available in December 2015, and have been contributing the maximum amount since. I then opened a stocks & shares LISA (with ...
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Buying a house. I have the cash for the whole thing. Should I still get a mortgage to get the homeowner tax break?

My girlfriend got some family money and is planning to buy a house. She has the money to purchase the house outright with cash. But she is thinking of putting 50% down and get a mortgage for the ...
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Bought a house last year should I hire a tax consultant?

I generally do my tax returns using Turbo-tax. It is generally pretty straight forward, single salaried employee filing returns. In the last tax year, I got married and bought a house. It makes me ...
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Strategy to Negotiate a House Purchase in an Uncertain Economy [closed]

My wife and I are interested in buying a house here in our town (near Chicago), which is usually a strong real estate market. We have a decent income and good credit. We are living in a two-unit ...
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Replacement or Similar savings scheme to the UK's Help to buy scheme

I am looking to move out in the next coming years, whether that is just to a flat some where or a full house is not decided yet. After talking to a work colleague who is currently trying to buy a ...
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Signing house over to next of kin

A friend has been considering signing her house off to her children (48 and 47 years old) but believes that there is an age limit which she has passed, supposedly 60 and she is now 70. Is this a real ...
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I want to invest and save for my house downpayment at the same time

I live in San Diego,CA and as most people know, housing prices are no t very cheap in here. Now, I hold some thoughts when it comes to money: You should always invest in 401k If you have leftover ...
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Condo HOA/maintainence fee versus upkeeping a house

How does the maintenance fee of a condo compare to up keeping a house where there is no maintenance fee. Does upkeeping a small/medium sized house cost less than the maintenance fee of buying a condo?...
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What are risks / expenses to buy a house in Germany?

I think about buying a house in Germany (Frankfurt). How can I learn full list of expenses I should pay next at least ~15 years? My friend scares me that there are always hidden problems like central ...
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If you are married, your house's capital gain is tax free for the first $500k. But what if your spouse is not a citizen?

If she is not a citizen or if she doesn't not have a green card yet, does this apply? I think the rule is that she also has to live in the house for 2 years in the past 5 years, so she will need to ...
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Sane master insurance policy for two-unit condo association

I live in a two-unit condo building (conversion from old house) in Massachusetts, and both units are owner occupied. Our master insurance policy for the condo reads like it is meant for a large condo ...
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If a home has increased in value, why would an essential component of the home depreciate?

My parents bought a new home a few decades ago, and since then the value of the home has increased significantly. They just told me there is some damage to the roof (which is the original roof) and ...
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Should one always put 20% down?

I can afford to put up to 25% down in the price range I'm looking at. Assuming average market returns and a high credit score of 800, should I always put 20% down, or should I put less? It would seem ...
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No down payment for a house

I'm 19 I don't plan on owning a home until I begin my new career as I'm almost certain they won't have me stay at my home field location. So as of right now I'm trying build up my emergency savings. ...
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Removing ex wife and adding new co-owner to mortgage [closed]

I am finalizing a divorce where I am being given ownership of our house. The house has a joint mortgage on it, which I will be assuming, While removing my soon-to-be ex wife from the house, I would ...
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What are my best options if I don't have a lot of credit lines for housing loans?

I've been denied for a pre qualify loan by Bank of America for a house recently due to having insufficient credit lines. I do have a credit score that is good and everything else is fine. I think it ...
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What to do when the seller of a property does not honor a memorandum of sale?

I put an offer on a property which got accepted, and the memorandum of sales (MOS) has been created, but the seller still chose to go with another buyer. What is possible in this situation? Does the ...
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What account to draw from for a first-time home buyer? (Canada)

Assuming I need 35K for a downpayment and I have 50K in an RRSP 50k in a TFSA and 20k in a non-registered account— which account is it best to draw from? My assumption is that cleaning out the non-...
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calculate equivalent yearly interst rate on house purchased with a mortgage

I've got 60k and I'm looking at buying a house for 145k. The bank offered me a 20 year loan of 100k at ~1.8% interest rate. After 20 years I would have repaid the bank around 16k, according to their ...
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House under-appraised (tax appraisal)

I know someone whose house was massively under-appraised (tax appraisal) after it was constructed on their lot due to some sort of glitch or misunderstanding. It turns out the appraisal was much ...
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Why would a bank not "buy a house for me" if they own the house until I've paid it anyway? [duplicate]

I find myself in a situation where I'm trying to buy a house, but don't have the money readily available. And my bank won't give me a loan, in spite of not having any problems with loans/money in the ...
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Why not pay down payments on multiple houses and hand them to rental management companies?

As I understand it, rental management companies will handle finding and to some extent communicating with tenants, and will perform maintenance and repairs on the house. In the city and surrounding ...
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Container Homes, do they hold value?

I've recently seen a TV series called Container Homes, where folks work with local contractors to turn 40 foot containers into homes. They seem quite durable, made to last multiple ocean crossings ...
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Is it a good time to buy a house now? [closed]

I saw a few houses, and decided to buy one of them. A condo originally priced 210,000, and they accepted my 193,000 offer. I'm a first time buyer, with zero experience and my agent helps me with ...
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Renting Part of the Home

I am currently living in a rented house. I am thinking of buying a home with the intention of renting out a section (for example, a two story house, live on the first floor and rent out the second ...
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