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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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Dad (mid 50s) wants me to help him invest ~500k?

My dad is in his mid 50s right now, and he has ~500,000 in his savings account. He has approximately 1 million in his 401k. He feels bad that he missed out on the rally of the past 9 years and wants ...
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No debt. Any advice where to invest saved money and what to invest in after maxing out 401k? [duplicate]

My situation: I'm 24, single, and I live with my parents in the United States I have no debt and I have 100k in a savings account I have a 90k job I am currently maxing out my 401k I have no ...
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Can previously low wages hurt my chances of an approved home loan?

Some quick stats about me. Received a pre-approval for $280,000 Credit Score: 808 Current Salary: $63,500 Job: Junior Software Engineer My main concern here is regarding the eventual income ...
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Why isn't auto insurance included in DTI

The debt-to-income ratio includes monthly payments such as your mortgage, car payments, student loan repayments, and child support. However, it doesn't include payments such as auto insurance. I ...
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Trying to compare two investment scenarios

I have an apartment that I have been renting, but due to some recent events, I'm considering selling. I'm trying to make a numbers based decision, so I'm going to try to compare two distinct scenarios:...
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I am Canadian and own a cottage in the US. I want to gift it to my 2 Canadian children. What are the tax implications

I own a cottage in Point Roberts Wash. I am a resident of Canada and want to gift it to my son who is also Canadian, What taxes apply to this transaction?
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Building a new house to replace an existing mortgaged house

I know that others have posted similar questions but I don't think any I've seen so far relate to our exact situation. We bought a cottage in Nashville, TN about 15 years ago that was right for our ...
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Should I buy a house now before prices rise even more?

We rent an apartment in Frankfurt, Germany and we are contractually bound to it for another 1.5 years. We are 33 and 35 years old and there will be children soon. We make around 110k € annually (...
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UK Stamp Duty, Buying with a partner who owns a flat

I own a house on the south coast. My partner owns a flat in London with her sister. Her sister lives in the flat and the other room is rented out. My partner has lived with me for 18 months and is ...
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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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The tax consequence of replacing a wall of a house

An investor who lives in the US has a single family home which has been fully depreciated. It is on the beach and has only been rented. It has never been used by the owner. One of the outside walls ...
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Waiting to buy the right property: where should I put my money in the interim?

I sold my property and I have moved back to the UK where I plan to buy property in London. The market is currently declining due to uncertainty caused by the Brexit negotiations. I have decided ...
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Saving / investing before I buy a home with an unknown investment horizon

My income exceeds my expenses, so I save money monthly. I tend to move countries every 2–6 years. Until I settle in a place where I expect to stay at least 5–10 years, I rent my home. By the time I ...
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Does it make sense to keep apartment when buying house

5 years ago, my wife and I bought a apartment for 220.000€, taking out a 15 years loan, at 1% Since then, kids happened, and we feel a bit crowded in this apartment. After discussing with a few ...
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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 does a qualified intermediary make money?

Can they invest client money and make money on the return on investment, or do they charge fees directly to the client?
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How is early-and-often home buying as “get rich” advice feasible?

I am being told by this guy that the following is a guaranteed-to-work way to become rich and retire early. He says to start early. 20 years, or near that age. Buy 1 house a year. Rent it out. Start ...
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how to compute holding period on real estate

For the purposes of computing long term versus short term capital gains tax treatment, when does the holding period for real estate end? I can think of several options: At execution of the purchase ...
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Selling Land investment (Current Home) for 900k profit. Tax Effective Strategy?

Selling Land investment (Current Home) for 900k profit. Can I enjoy the 500k personal residence tax deduction and invest the other 400k into my next investment without getting taxed this year? This ...
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Why would a home seller ask a buyer to offer LESS?

My brother-in-law is looking to buy a house. The house he wants has been on the market for a long time, and it's in pre-foreclosure. The owners are underwater on it. He submitted a lowball offer, ...
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Can you fully deduct an investment property owned by an LLC?

I operated a business that generates substantial income. I would like to invest some of this money by buying various, undervalued properties in my area, doing slight improvements to them, and ...
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How can I legally sell this property abroad?

I have a property in Bangladesh worth around £500k. I built this property legally many years ago however I moved to the UK around 18 years ago. When I moved, I had changed my name legally meaning ...
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Is it safe if I rely “only” on mutual funds for retirement planning?

I am investing in mutual funds to raise retirement fund. My portfolio is 25% debt and 75% equity currently. I have self occupied property. Before few years of retirement, I will start to switch fund ...
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Personal Assets and Initial Contribution for Business Use

How would a person factor using personal assets for starting a business? For example, the owner's personal car, cell phone, and laptop will be used as initial equipment, but the owner will also ...
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Partial investment in a home

Are there well defined ways to purchase stock in a home rather than taking a loan our on the home? For example, imagine I wish to own a home, rather than taking a loan, I find person or business A ...
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What documents do I need to sell a real estate property in Canada?

What documents do I need to sell my real estate property in Canada & Which particular document is the proof of my ownership? I believe it is some kind of title, transfer and survey document?
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How should I calculate property value at remortgage?

Purchased a house (in the UK) with a 2 year fixed mortgage. When it comes to remortgaging, how is the property value calculated? Can I have any input into this, or is it done on "drive-by valuation"? ...
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When and how to create a will document Vs. inheritance rules

I few questions related to will: Q1: Is there any particular kind of assets for which you must have a will document or inheritance rules are sufficient? In particular: Real Estate Automobile ...
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How to balance the risk of owning one real estate?

I am about 45 years old and recently began to receive a US government pension, which I do not require for current expenses. The monthly payment is about a quarter of my living expenses, but due to my ...
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Difference between member and shareholder of a residential management company in the UK

My wife and I are joint lessees of a flat within a block, in the UK. There is a management company responsible for managing the common areas within the block. The lease requires the lessee to apply ...
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Replace old A/C before selling house?

tl;dr: would I get my money back if I replaced the leaky old A/C before I sell my house? The central air conditioner in my house is a little over 20 years old. I just had to pay $200 to add freon, ...
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Selling a portion of a co-op and taking full 250k deduction?

I an single and own a 3-bedroom 2-floor co-op in NYC... the result of a combination of two units. If I separate the duplex into two separate units and sell one (while keeping the other as my primary ...
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Is the IRS wise to false real estate sales?

I recently was reading some deeds and in one case I noticed that a vacant lot had been transferred for a lot more than its value. On the open market the lot would sell for maybe $300,000 at best. ...
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How do I calculate the ROI for a rental property I've owned (mortgaged) for about 15 years?

We own a two family house and both parts are being rented. We moved out years ago and now live with extended family... "temporarily." Trying to figure out the best financial route while getting into ...
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How to get Loan for more then 1 CashFlow Apartament?

I see that experienced people buy MANY flats using loan and then provide them for rent and that rental payments cover loan payments. But when I asked the bank to do it, the bank is glad to provide ...
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Would a commercially-owned personal rental property be considered commercial property?

If a property rental company, essentially a corporate landlord, is looking to acquire homes to rent out on mortgage, would the company take out a personal mortgage or a commercial mortgage, or is ...
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How do capital gains tax work on a property where you finance the buyer?

I have a second property (home) which, due to tax law changes, I will now owe income tax on gains if I sell. But how does this work if I finance the sale? Suppose the hypothetical sale price was $...
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Are landlords required to provide bathroom access to tenants?

I live in North Carolina, and I am not sure what the laws around this issue are. I was looking to purchase a home: live in one room, and rent out the other. I am quite a germaphobe, and have had ...
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Buying a house over a long period of time without a mortgage

I will soon receive a sum of money which will allow me to pay all cash for a house. However, I'd rather pay for the house over a long period of time. I would like to put the unspent money to work in ...
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I'm 25 years old and about to inherit $100,000 CAD, best thing to do with this?

I have roughly $30,000 CAD saved already and I've been looking to get my own place, perhaps a Condo but the prices in the GTA are just absurd, you're looking at 500k for a 1 bedroom/1 den/1 bath pre ...
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Pay off car debt, or start (value) investing?

I am looking for a method to calculate - or estimate - whether it would be better to pay off car debt or start value investing in stocks. My history: We are soon to get about 1900 USD/month in ...
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Should I pay off rental property mortgage before selling in order to save on interest?

My renters are moving out and I believe it will take at least 3 months to sell the house. The mortgage is $63k at 7% interest and the house will probably sell for $145k. The reason I'm thinking to ...
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Should you contact seller's Realtor directly to buy a house? [duplicate]

I'm interested in buying a house as an investment property and am wondering if it's a faux pas to reach out to the seller's Realtor directly, as opposed to getting an agent of my own. I could hire my ...
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What happens when a foreclosed home sells for more than remaining debt [duplicate]

All questions I've read so far have focused on what happens when the home sells for less than the remaining debt. What happens if someone defaults on their mortgage while the home is worth more than ...
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Make 100k, how much mortgage can I get in NYC?

I make a little over 100k a year in nyc as a programmer and have 200k saved up. I'm looking to get a mortgage to buy a condo in lower Manhattan sometime in 2019-2020. How much of a mortgage can I ...
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“Leverage” vs “buy a modest house”

I am in what I suspect is not a particularly unique situation, but still doesn't fit into the standard model (I think). I work and live in an area that has not seen negative rel-estate price changes ...
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What would be a financially intelligent rental cost to bear if you earn $90000CAD annually in Toronto?

Imagine if I earned $90000CAD annually (before Tax) in Toronto, what would be the most financially sensible maximum rental cost to bear? Would renting a house for $2500CAD monthly be somewhat over-...
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Stock return rates vs. real estate cap rates

This site says that a good cap rate for a rental property is between 4 and 10 percent. The S&P's average annual return for the past ninety years is 9.8 percent. This begs the question: Why would ...
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Should I sell investment property to pay off student loan debt and variable rate home equity line of credit?

I purchased a home as a primary residence 11 years ago for $210,000. It is now worth $475,000. The mortgage balance is $85k at 3.75% fixed for 30 years (but I am 11 years in). Three months ago, I ...