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Questions tagged [real-estate]

A tag for questions on real estate or property.

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Selling a home co-owned by someone with a severe mental disorder [migrated]

The question title may be a bit misleading - it's hard to word my issue. Apologies in advance. Background I am 27 and my sister is 23. We stand to inherit a 1500 sq. foot home should anything happen ...
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Things to watch if buying properties in Europe at low prices under local government incentives

I have been seeing social media advertisements inviting investments in the way of buying houses in derelict or small and not-so-well-to-do towns. These advertise the price to buy as under $100 or 100 ...
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Is the seller of a property in the UK in a position to dictate what the buyer does with it?

I know very little about the housing market or mortgages (it's just not taught in school in the UK, whereas oxbow lakes and pathetic fallacy are), but within a year I should be able to get my foot on ...
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Rental Property Detroit; profitability

I am considering buying a property in Detroit, renovating it and renting it out. I was wondering if I have a good chance of renting the property out in this part of Detroit, what vacancy I should ...
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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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Paying for nursing home care: What is the relationship between Medicare and owned property?

This question is prompted by a comment in a question I asked previously regarding the finances of aging parents (assets include a small savings and some property). I will summarize the comment as ...
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Is buying a townhouse as a “starter home” a bad idea?

My wife and I are looking for our first home. We live in a somewhat high-cost area of the Northeast, so most of the houses we see in our price range need a lot of work or are in bad school districts ...
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How to find small vacant lots to buy?

I would like to buy a small vacant lot so I can erect a small warehouse and store stuff there. However, the problem is that people don't generally advertise the sale of small, empty lots with no ...
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Prepay mortgage

Let's say I want to prepay my entire mortgage and I have 22 years left in my 25 years mortgage. In this case the bank imposes a penalty which is the yearly interest for three months. My question is, ...
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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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Old Barn House: Hidden Costs?

Thank you in advance, I never thought about money twice before visiting this site! Background Info: Germany. I am in my mid 20s. My long term boyfriend and I make around 100k a year together. He ...
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Why does Redfin have so much lack in coverage?

My preferred tool for house hunting is Redfin, but one area of frustration is that large geographic areas are apparently not served by Redfin (see screenshot below, gray areas are unserved). Why does ...
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What are the risks with investing in private real estate funds via Fundrise?

I recently discovered this real estate investment company, Fundrise, and after doing some research, I’m interested in investing with them. But I’m on the fence about the trustworthiness of their ...
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What is a non-residential grant deed?

In looking at properties on one of the popular property aggregator sites, I've seen some transactions labeled as being "insured non-residential grant deeds." This is usually accompanied by a sale at a ...
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What (and how hard) can I REALLY bargain when buying a new home through a builder?

I am about to buy a brand new home in the state of Texas. It should be ready in about 12 months. The home is being bought through a builder and therefore I have a few floor plan options (I can add or ...
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How does time impact the resale value of a fixed-term deed?

I own a property that I purchased from the previous owner. It is a 75-year deed with 35 years remaining. After 35 years, ownership reverts to the original landowner. I don't plan to sell for another ...
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California depreciation options for Rental house landscape

I can use Bonus depreciation (100% for 2018) on my federal taxes for my rental house landscape project, or depreciate it over 15 years. What are my options for California taxes, since they don't do ...
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Gift house to parent then inherit it back to increase basis?

(Question for USA taxes.) Let's say that I have one remaining parent who is quite advanced in age. I own an investment house that has appreciated in value significantly. I want to sell it eventually, ...
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Land purchase: documentation and must knows

I am thinking about buying a lake front lot of land near my home town in Texas. The area is incorporated, but there are very few built houses around it. I am thinking about buying it as an investment, ...
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Is it true that real estate prices mainly go up?

My father once told me that real estate was a good business because the population is always going up, therefore more housing is needed, and the space on earth remains the same, so house/apartment ...
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Rates and valuation notice is it equivalent to market value of a property in Victoria, Australia?

I received a rates and valuation notice from the council and the valuation of the property is approximately $80,000 less than what I paid for it 6 months ago. This is my first mortgage property and I ...
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Why is it mandatory to depreciate a rental property?

I don't understand why an investor is forced to depreciate a rental property. In many cases (say for an investor with one rental unit only) the depreciation amount is less than the standard deduction ...
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How to find reliable trusted profitable passive income residing in Eastern Europe?

I would like to stop working and receive some passive income from anything that can generate income. I live and reside in Eastern Europe (Ukraine). I don't trust Ukrainian banks since they are not ...
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Currently no mortgage on house. How much of a home equity loan can i get -

I purchased home 2015 for 146,500 and have no mortgage currently on property. Are there equity or cash out loans available? I was told that having property paid in full hurts my chances to find ...
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Is a “Warranty Deed” the same as a “Bill of Sale”?

Context: I sold a rental property last year, and foolishly neglected to cancel the homeowner's insurance policy on it. (I thought the title company would handle this as part of the closing, at the ...
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Leasehold Pub— What happens at the end of the lease term?

Was hoping someone might explain how leaseholds come to an end, I’ve been googling for ages but seem no closer to finding an answer. Example: Leasehold 50,000 Annual rent 20,000 Free of tie lease 10 ...
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How is capital gain calculated in India for a house when it is constructed on a piece of land bought few years earlier?

I had bought a piece of land in 2003 and constructed the house in 2005. I am planning to sell now; how is capital gains calculate for this?
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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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Property purchase Abroad. Tax deductions

I live in US. I purchased a couple properties a few years ago abroad. I did not take mortgage. I paid it from my savings account abroad. I heard we can claim tax deductions even for the past purchases ...
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Why do banks give loans instead of buying assets themselves?

There was asked a similar question why don't banks invest money in mutual funds or shares instead of giving personal loans It was about buying fonds and shares. Those are derivatives. Here is an ...
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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? [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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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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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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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)...