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Questions tagged [real-estate]

A tag for questions on real estate or property.

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Which is the best way to sell a house in Italy to a foreign investor?

I bought an apartment in Venice (Italy) in 2013 with my ex GF. The plan was to renovate it and move there. She broke up with me after some months so we have never had the chance to live there. The ...
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Federal and State Taxes on International Property as a Prize

https://www.writealetterwinahome.ca/ Recently, there has been a contest issued by Alla Wagner of Millarville, Alberta, Canada, where in lieu of selling her home (a difficult prospect at the present ...
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Hire my own surveyor or trust my neighbor's?

A neighbor with whom I share a property line has informed me that the fence we thought was on that property line is incorrectly placed. Of course it's too far on his side. Should I hire my own ...
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Is it a good time to buy a house now? [on hold]

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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Real Estate: Why does the maximum compound gain happen somewhere in the middle of the mortgage term?

I construct a spreadsheet to investigate when is the best time to pay off a house loan. In my model, there are two factors at work: The real estate appreciation rate, in this case I set it to 5% The ...
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Tax on apartment purchased abroad

I live in the US and purchased an apartment abroad. I transferred 200,000 dollars directly to the seller, so I never opened a bank account abroad. My understanding is that, if no income is generated (...
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Wife wants to buy me out of our house - how to do this?

My wife and I want to separate, and have agreed in principle that she will pay me half the value of the house we share and I’ll move out. As she has just inherited a large amount following her father’...
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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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REIT versus real estate: total yearly returns (when accounting for leverage)

Recently, I saw an article arguing that REITs performed better than traditional real estate (RE) in terms of total returns: Jussi Askola, Don't buy real estate, buy REITs instead, Seeking Alpha, ...
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What is the point of buying real estate when a GIC yields more?

Despite the fact that interest rates have risen over the past year and the housing market flatlining in Toronto and other Canadian cities, for whatever reason, people are still selling houses at ...
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When I shop for a direct lender, will the credit checks that they may do be bad for my credit rating? [duplicate]

Is it bad for my credit rating each time a possible lender does a credit check on me? I need to shop for a direct lender in order to get the best rate for a first mortgage on a property I want to buy,...
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What are the practical implications of buying a house in a high Earthquake risk area?

I am purchasing a house in Indio California, that is described as being in an high risk Earthquake area. That sounds scary but the actual stats for the area are less so: Nearest Earthquake: 2.9 ...
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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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Invest $50,000 in cash or borrow $100,000 and get a mortgage?

I have $50,000 saved and I'm paying $760 on rent right now. All my relatives are telling me to get a mortgage so I don't "throw money away on rent", but I just don't like the idea of getting in debt ...
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What can I do with a property that won't sell following divorce?

My wife and I bought a property just over 2 years ago for €114,000. We put down a 10% deposit (€11,400) and so took out a mortgage of €102,600. We took the mortgage on a short term (15 years) to ...
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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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How to handle house inheritance planning if one child moves in and adds in-law apartment?

My dad passed away unexpectedly and has left my mom alone in their house. I have two siblings and we all have a great relationship which I want to make sure stays that way. My parent's house is too ...
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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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Minimum rental yield for real estate

There are some German books: (Praxishandbuch Baufinanzierung Praxisleitfaden Immobilienanschaffung und Immobilienfinanzierung) about home financing, which mention that you shouldn't buy a property ...
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Financing mother-in-law suite to rent out

Context: My wife & I just bought a home for $175,000 with 10% down. We pay $1,020 per month on our mortgage, which includes property taxes and insurance. The home has a very large, finished ...
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When buying a house in California, can you amend the contract after signing it?

I live in the UK, but am trying to purchase a property in Indio California. My realtor says that I need to submit a contract for the property with my offer price ASAP as there is another buyer ...
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Will it adversely affect my credit score if I put off on buying a home?

Recently, my wife and I have been looking into buying a home - I have very good credit, only a small number of outstanding debts ($7,000 car loan, $1300/mo rent, and credit cards I pay off every month)...
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Buying ex-local authority/council properties in the UK

What are the risks of investing in ex-local authority/council properties in the UK? I am referring to purchasing from a private landlord an apartment that was built by a city council for social ...
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How can I trade my 20% inheritance equity to a sibling for real property in their name?

My father passed away in July 2014. His residence was willed equally to his 5 children. One of my siblings wants to buy the property from the rest of us but needs a bigger equity share to get a loan. ...
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Is my house handled differently from other property in my will?

My personal will states that my possessions, money, and property are to be given equally to my son and my wife upon my death. However, I was told that my house is an exception and still has to go to ...
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Will my efforts to lower my property taxes also impact the value of my house when I choose to sell it?

I'm working on gathering info and scheduling a walk with my tax assessor to try and decrease my property's appraised value for a tax break. However, it occurred to me that the tax assessor's valuation ...
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Is it a good idea to invest in buy-to-let if rent does not cover mortgage payment?

Background: To benefit from current favourable interest rates in my region (France: ca. 1.5%pa fixed over 20 years), I am considering investing in a buy-to-let property. I consider that interest ...
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What are the tax implications of renting out my condo if it's worth less than the mortgage?

I own a condo, and its market value is less than what I owe on the mortgage. On the upside, several interesting developments are going in nearby in the next couple of years. Because of some lifestyle ...
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Products for withdrawing from a home's equity?

I am a current homeowner with a property that has no mortgage (everything has been paid off). A family member is in need of some cash to consolidate some credit card debt and I would like to help them ...
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Is it reasonable to charge extra for additional tenants in a single room?

I’m considering subleasing rooms within a single family home. I expect that one of my potential tenants will have their significant other boarding with them. It was originally expected that only one ...
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doing a like-kind property exchange and then selling immediately to avoid paying capital gains

Let's say you have an investment property that you purchased for $50,000, that you have made no other improvements and that it's now worth $750,000. If you sell it for cash, out right, you'd have to ...
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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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What happens if I don't pay utility bill even after repeated customer service interaction to stop the service?

It's a slightly long story. I live in an apartment building in MN (US). There was a mistake when I moved in and eventually the gas utility for the building remained in my name. Usually it is supposed ...
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Selling a property - multiple offers of same value?

In the U.S., when selling a residential property, is there a rule or law regarding how to handle multiple offers of the exact same monetary amount? Is this the kind of thing that would vary state-by-...
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What does “Home Equity” do for me?

My wife and I are considering buying a home soon - some of the major reasons are personal, such as being able to perform repairs and updates to the property, and having the security and peace of mind ...
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Would there be tax due on an inheritance received from a U.S. citizen that lived in the U.K.?

My mother passed away in August. She was a US citizen living in UK for 40+ years. Do my brother and I have to pay tax to bring the cash into the US? No tax had to be paid in UK. Not a big ...
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Increase bid on home in exchange for down payment/credits

This webpage discusses the idea of bidding higher on a home in exchange for the seller paying closing costs of the same amount. Is it also permissible to bid higher and request the seller pay for (...
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Optimizing property insurance payments for tax purposes

I own a residential rental property in the United States. I recently received the bill to pay the property insurance on it. The bill can be paid in full this month, or I can pay it in monthly ...
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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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What criteria should be considered when selecting a residential real-estate appraiser in the US?

As a buyer, if a private appraisal should be performed on residential real-estate prior to purchase, what criteria should be considered when selecting the appraiser, and how can someone locate and ...
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What is the name of this ROI ratio?

I purchased a house with a detached garage. I remodeled the garage and now live in it. I rent out the house. My mortgage is $537 and I charge $650 to rent the house. Doing the math, I'm only keeping $...
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Buying a flat abroad through British LTD company

I'm an IT contractor in the UK, I'm considering buying a flat in Poland, rent it on Airbnb or work remotely from there. I'm thinking if it's worth buying it through LTD company in my case. Would it ...
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Stay in New Jersey or Move to Pennsylvania

I live in South Jersey and work in Philadelphia. My property tax rate is 3.43% in Camden County, New Jersey. A suburb like Blue Bell PA has property tax of 1.2%. I'm not sure what my total income tax (...
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How to know if negative cash flow rental property is a good investment?

I am completely new to the concept of investments and investment property. I've done research on rental properties and negative cash flow but am unclear how to actually measure if something is a good ...
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PMI threshold when paying off part of the principal [duplicate]

I am in the process of getting rid of private mortgage insurance (PMI). I was planning on paying off my loan down to 80% loan to value and then get rid of the PMI. However, I was told by my lender ...
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Can a state assess a capital gains tax on a sale of property owned by a non-resident?

If I own property in Massachusetts, but am not a resident of Massachusetts, and I sell that property at a profit, does the Massachusetts capital gains tax apply to my sale?
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Home appraisal ROI: changing floors

I know that homes in the US usually are appraised at a higher value if they have hardwood or laminate floors instead of carpet, so I recently removed all the carpet I hac downstairs and replaced it ...
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Is my approach to evaluating real estate investment vs. ETF investment correct?

Someone asked me how well a property investment performs relative to ETFs over the course of 10+ years. My financial literacy is extremely low, and I just became aware of the concept of ETF last week....
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Can I exchange rental property for REIT stock with 1031?

I currently own a rental property but would like to sell due to a number of factors with the property. I have been searching for a replacement property but there is not much for sale presently. I ...
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Sell or keep rental Property?

My father has an old single-family home he purchased at the height of the real-estate bubble. He lived in the property for about 5-years, refinanced to 3.25%, purchased another brand new home designed ...