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Should I buy my house in cash, or with a mortgage and invest the rest of my money?

I can afford to buy a house (to live in myself) in cash. Most of my investor friends tell me this would be a dumb idea, because I could earn more in interest by buying the house with a mortgage and ...
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When is it better to move - before or after a housing bubble bursts?

My husband and I currently own our home and are looking at upgrading to a bigger house in the next year or two. The housing market right now in our area (US East Coast city) is doing really well, and ...
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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 to best invest 90,000 EUR with zero knowledge in investing?

I have 90,000 EUR and difficulty figuring out what to do with it. This money is in a savings account with an interest rate of only 0.05%. Here in Netherlands, I pay around 600 EUR each year on this ...
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How can a person with really bad credit history rent decent housing?

My ex got evicted out of her apartment for non-payment of rent. This didn't entirely take me by surprise, as she is financially pretty clueless. She attempted to rent another place but given her ...
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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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First job: Renting vs get my parents to buy me a house

Finished my studies and got my first job starting in Nov. I'll have to move to a city far from where I currently live. I'll get paid around 17.5K/yr (1.4k/month net after taxes) and have to find a ...
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How do I go about asking landlord to prorate when I can't move in yet?

I am renting an apartment. Move in date was August 1st. The apartment is slightly dirty with cobwebs and the walls definitely need to be painted. Landlord says that she will paint very soon but until ...
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House Purchase: Pay student loans or put 20% down?

My fiance and I currently have the opportunity to buy our first house for 200k due to a large 19k bonus that will be coming to me from my employer. We're considering two uses for the additional money ...
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What should I be concerned with in buying a house for less than the market value? [duplicate]

I've grown up in my grandparents house my entire life. They lived two miles away my entire life. Sleep overs, dinners, barbecues, etc. It's been the plan since I was a kid to buy the house when I got ...
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Are Shiller real-estate futures and options catching on with investors?

Robert Shiller introduced an approach for reducing exposure to macro risks using real-estate derivatives. He created a successful housing price index with help from Karl Case, the S&P Case-Shiller ...
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How can I realistically compare the Cost of Living for two locations?

I've recently applied for a position with a company and I think I have a fair shot at getting a job. If hired, I should have the option to move to one of two locations. However, I'm having a tough ...
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What investments are positively related to the housing market decline?

What investment sectors/areas generally go up when housing prices decline?
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Explain: “3% annual cost of renting is less than the 9% annual cost of owning”

I was reading this: http://patrick.net/housing/crash1.html and found this statement by Patrick: 3% annual cost of renting is less than the 9% annual cost of owning the same thing Source: http://...
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Turning 30 and making the right decision with my savings and purchasing home

I just turned 30, I have a job which paying me $100k in Los Angeles, I have zero debt, excellent credit score and $65k in my bank account. I am single and I am paying more than 30% in income tax (...
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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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Pay off entire mortgage or put into investments

I am currently living in a house with my family, which I see 5 - 10 more years left, until we move onto to a new home. I have received a lump of sum of 600k that would be enough to pay off my entire ...
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If the housing market is recovering, why would a REIT index ETF (e.g. VNQ) not be performing well?

As you can see below, the Vanguard REIT ETF fund hasn't been doing very well for the last 6 months, but the housing market seems to be improving every month. Why do we have this difference? VNQ ...
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Where to save money in preparation of buying second house?

We just purchased a house last year with 20% down payment on a 30yr fixed mortgage. Everything finally settle down (remodeling, new furniture etc.) and we're on track of saving again. We don't have ...
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Is Rate Hike a good thing or a bad thing for homebuyer?

I am a bit confused with co-relation between rate hike being a good or a bad thing for home buyer. I have some notions and please correct me on each if I am wrong: Home Prices and Interest rates are ...
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Why is the “buy vs rent” debate framed in terms of “buy a house vs. rent an apartment”?

Most coverage of the "buy vs rent" debate in North American popular financial media (see here for an example) frames the debate as a simple dichotomy: either renting an apartment (i.e. renting a unit ...
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Can landlord/property change unit after approval and payment of fees?

My boyfriend and I are currently in the process of moving across the country, about 650 miles. On September 2nd we visited a property in the area we will be moving to and we really liked it. After ...
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Apartment donation or gift for foreigner living in US

Some of my relatives would like to donate or move an apartment on my name. However, there are a few things... I am a Romanian citizen living in the US (on a non-immigrant visa) The apartment is in ...
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How come the government can value a home more than was paid for the house?

If you buy a house at a foreclosure for $100,000... how is the government allowed to value that house at $180,000 for tax reasons. How is what the house cost not exactly the value of it.
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Is housing provided by a university as employer reported on 1040?

I work as a Resident Assistant for my University. According to Moss-Adam's article, the difference of the lesser of market value of the property rent at YE or 5% of the total value of the house/...
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Buying a property for 3 years and then selling

I have recently taken on a fixed-term contract for three years, which is giving me a salary significantly higher than I am used to. After the three years, however, it is very likely that my salary ...
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Can I break a lease in response to a nonrenewal notice?

Just got notice that our house is being put up for sale and that we need to be out in 6 months. This is not an early termination, but a notice we will not be able to renew our lease. Since we'll ...
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Can housing prices rise faster than incomes in the long run? [closed]

I am curious in a macro economic sense, if housing prices really can continue to rise past 2006 levels (thinking US here..) at a rate much faster than income is rising?
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Lost job a week before closing with a mortgage. Options?

I unexpectedly lost my job a week away from closing on a condominium with a mortgage. I wasn't worried… until I realized that the mortgage is conditional on my creditworthiness remaining the same. ...
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~$75k in savings - Pay off house before new home?

Thought I would give a summary of my current financial situation: Home owner No debt outside of mortgage Annual income of $120k Amount owed on house is at ~$95k Expected rent the current house for ...
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Next option(s) after house is not selling on market?

Let us say I have a house which is pretty old and is not in the best neighborhood. I put in on the market, and for one reason or another, even after dropping the price substantially I cannot get it to ...
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Tax implications of corporate housing

If my company provides corporate housing for me, am I required to claim the rent amount as income for my personal earnings? And is that taxable income? I'm trying to figure out how I can leverage ...
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Use my savings to pay out my mortgage on my rental apartment?

My rental apartment at this point is making me a 5% ROI per year. My bank is currently charging me a 5.87% Interest rate on the mortgage, which means I am putting from my pocket to keep this apartment ...
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How to buy a house without being over-exposed to real estate

Buying a house can all-of-a-sudden make 90%+ of a person's portfolio be invested in real estate, actually one very specific piece of real estate! Which is against all the advice we're given to ...
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Is investing in housing considered an adequate hedge against inflation?

Does the price of a home or apartment generally increase, at least, with the rate of inflation in the United States? Could such a purchase be viewed as effective protection against inflation?
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Is buying an apartment a worse choice than renting, currently (2019) in Australia?

For one reason or another, an apartment is considered a bad investment in Australian cities. This is because the demand here isn't huge yet (people in general would rather live outer-city in houses/...
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Pre-pay mortgage in full - do you have to pay off the projected interest as well?

How does paying off a mortgage early work? Example: I have a 30 year fixed rate mortgage of 3.5%, the amount borrowed is $300,000. I have just inherited $300,000. I am in the first year of the ...
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Apartments are far more expensive in my area. Should I seek a house on limited income?

So, where I live: the cheapest apartments are within $150/mo of a two story house + basement. There are more modest lots available, and this more modest housing is my goal (maybe). Preliminary ...
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Effective returns on investment in housing vs other financial instruments

In One Up on Wall Street, Peter Lynch recommends housing as the best first investment: Because of leverage, if you buy a $100,000 house for 20 percent down and the value of the house increases by ...
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What are the possible benefits and risks of buying an old house in a far away area?

I live in Germany with very little savings, around 20k. I have seen some run-down old houses in far away areas offered to be sold. My gut is telling me that it's a good idea to own a house as property,...
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Can I invest in the housing market via the stock exchange?

Buying houses is expensive these days, and interest on mortgages is extortionate. Do investments via the stock market exist where you can invest in the housing market? Maybe shares in real ...
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Self-employed net income for affordable housing - valid to take from profit/loss?

I'm trying to understand net income from self-employment, when qualifying for an affordable housing program. I had always thought that net income was the cash (checks, wires, etc) coming in. However,...
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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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Latest China devaluation (24/08/2015) and the affect on house prices in UK

Are there any strong bases for worry that house prices will fall considering the latest FTSE 100 issues regarding China... and todays (25/08/2015) slight rise. This is regarding house prices in the ...
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Is it normal to pay two application fees for an apartments as a married couple?

My wife and I are looking around at apartments, and the one we both ended up liking wants us to each pay an application fee of $95. I will be the only one on the lease, and solely financially ...
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Is it to my advantage to refinance with an LPMI option (Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance)?

My fiance and I bought a house in April 2013 using a FHA loan, 30-year fixed. We only had to put down 3.5% so of course a good bit of our monthly payment is PMI. I got a call today from the same ...
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Income Tax rebate on Housing Loan on rental property and HRA rebate?

I had purchased an under construction Flat with loan of 30 lacs in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad in Year 2011 for which I got possession in June,2015. I am staying on rent in East Delhi and claiming HRA ...
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Why could rental costs for apartments/houses rise while buying prices can go up and down?

In this U.S. city, I have the impression that the rents of apartments and houses always go up, say, about a 5% per year, while the prices of buying them fluctuates throughout the same years. If my ...
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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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Is “affordable housing” being added across the street from my condo likely to decrease my condo's value?

I live in a pretty nice condo in a growing area. There are several open fields around my neighborhood, and the city has decided to build "affordable housing" apartments directly outside the perimeter ...