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Re-leveraging an investment property vs 1031 reverse exchange

Is it shady / an issue or typical and accepted to refinance a property to the max just before selling it and performing a 1031 exchange? Is this considered a taxable event (have to pay taxes on the ...
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How does the “Subdividing Tax Lots” scheme work?

In an article that broke today, a Manhattan developer was charged with "subdividing tax lots" in order to get around zoning laws limiting the height of a skyscraper. What does it mean to subdivide a ...
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How long must I wait after buying a property to rent it out?

I bought a place as a first time buyer without mortgage. Consequently I paid a 3% stamp duty. Due to certain circumstances, I will have to rent it out. I would like to know how long before I could ...
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What happens if you can't pay at an auction?

Based on this question about wholesaling homes - what happens if somebody purchases a home at auction, places their down-payment, cannot find a buyer, and backs out of the auction? I'm assuming they ...
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Buy house with down payment, no loan, sell instantly

I just read Rich Dad Poor Dad, and I have no idea about mortgages, loans or real estate. The author of the book describes a scenario in which a property is found for a cheap price (auction in this ...
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Are property taxes prorated per quarter or per fiscal year at closing?

We just closed on a property last week, and were surprised to see that property taxes were prorated for only the quarter in which the closing happened (Q3), and not for the full fiscal year. Our ...
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Why would a mortgagor need a postponement clause for a 2nd mortgage?

101 Streetsmart Condo Buying Tips for Canadians (2006). Douglas Gray, B.A., LL.B.. p. 40 Bottom. The author replicated the quote benaeth in his other book (unrighteously?). Secondary Financing ...
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What is the typical compounding/amortized period on US mortgage loans

In a different question it is stated that Mortgages are compounded .. 12 times a year in the USA Is this true or just applicable to that question? I am looking at a site where it explains how to ...
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What is the tax benefit for homesteading in Minnesota?

When closing on my new home in Minnesota, I was told to submit a homesteading form to claim a tax benefit. Does this help lower my property tax bill or is it related to state income tax? Details are ...
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Present value of perpetual GROWING periodic payments

There are multiple sites that post a formula for the present value (PV) of a perpetual EQUAL periodic payment: PV = a / ((1 + i)^t - 1) where a (in $) is the value of the periodic payment, and t (in ...
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How will I be taxed on a partial 1031 exchange?

I'm looking to execute a 1031 exchange (in USA) but not on the entire amount of the sale. For example say that I bought a property for $200k with $100k mortgage and I sell it for $300k. Ignoring ...
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What do we know about elementary financial education at highly ranked schools at the pre-college and early college levels in the US?

Several answers and comments have postulated ignorance of the most basic financial features, for example, a total misapprehension of "marginal tax rate". See, for example, the comments under the ...
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Can seller backout of their counter offer after buyer accepts

Situation my son is in. He made an offer, then the seller countered. He countered again, they countered back. He accepted their counter. Now they don't want to do it, and may have sold the house to ...
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Is there a general rule on how to most efficiently purchase rental properties? [closed]

The way I see it, there are two general options to acquiring a slew of rental properties. Save up for 20% down, and then buy as a pure rental property. Put <20% down, live in it for a year (while ...
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Tax deductions on empty property

Some one that works with me told me about a wealthy person that owns a lot of large buildings in our city. He said the guy would rather keep the buildings empty and is using the empty buildings as ...
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How to properly account for a leased property where the tenant has the option to buy

I'm the personal representative of an estate with a situation like the following: Property with tax assessment of $100,000 Tenant with a multi-year lease for the property with a total "lease fee" of $...
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How do you value your home when calculating your net worth?

I'm interested in tracking my net worth as a way of measuring progress and I'd like to include home equity in my net worth. How are you tracking home equity? Are you using purchase price? Average ...
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When buying a property without using a realtor as a buyers agent, can you build a discount of the buyer's agent commission into the contract?

I want to buy a home, but I'm not interested in using a realtor as a buyer's agent. I know that in MLS systems, when a realtor lists a house they specify what commission a buyer's agent will be paid. ...
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My (buyer's) agent is the seller's agent for the house I want

My wife and I have been looking for houses for a few months through an agent who was recommended by a friend. We've mostly found houses by ourselves and Zillow and had him organize walk-throughs, ...
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55+ communities bulding in Florida

I'm a non US citizen; my father and I are looking to invest in an apartment in Florida. I have found 55+ communities that are on our price range. But I’m not 55. Can people under 55 live in a 55+ ...
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UK - letting agency / landlord responsibility to provide documentation for a heating system

This question is based on renting a property via a letting agent in the United Kingdom. I am renting a small flat as I've sold one house and am considering my options before purchasing another. I ...
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Can you use a small business loan as the down payment on a house?

My wife owns a small business and is looking to purchase a barn or small warehouse to store some of her rental items. We are also looking to purchase a new home for our family. Can she acquire a loan ...
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How to invest in property in the UK - mortgage vs cash buy

I'm fairly new to investing and I've never learnt to invest in different asset classes. Since my career has kicked off really well in the recent 3-4 years, now I'm planning to invest in property. I'...
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How to obtain “Negative Equity Insurance” aka “Home Equity Protection” aka “Equity Protection Policy” in the UK?

I'm searching for an insurance policy to protect against negative equity on a residential real-estate. The risk I'm trying to protect against is that house prices will fall. I'm looking for ...
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Can I pay money in USA to buy property in India?

I currently reside in the US (on H1B Visa) and I plan to buy property in India. The current owner of the property also resides in the US. I was wondering if I could make part of the payment here in ...
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How risky is it financially to emigrate to a different country?

My situation: I am 31 years old. I live in the UK and have been a software developer for 5 years (but only 1 year in a really challenging, full stack position). I own a house. I have a fair amount of ...
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Can you retire when owning 3 or 4 houses, and what if you still have to pay mortgage on some of them?

I did some calculations before, and found out if a person own 3 or 4 houses, townhouses, or condos, then the person can probably retire. That's including living in one house, and getting rent from 2 ...
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How would investing in real estate (REIT or similar) affect my tax situation in the U.S.?

My wife and I are in our 30s and bought our first house this past year. We don't expect to have enough money to buy a rental property or another house in the foreseeable future, but we are ...
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Should I become real estate agent to save on buying my own home and sell existing one?

I see cost to sell a home is at least 6% in commission and some expenses. I am planning to sell my $200K home and buy a new one of about $500K. Without arguing which party( buyer/seller) pays for the ...
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House property loss adjustment with carry forward loss from previous year

I have a query regarding situation below for tax implication : Carry forward loss from previous year under head house property loss : 60000 Current year house property loss : 120000 With above, ...
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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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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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Is an inspection contingency with “no money back” wasted verbiage?

We are the sellers. Our contract explicitly states 2 things: The Buyers can back out based on the inspection and receive earnest money back. Sellers will not provide money back at closing, or make ...
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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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Co-ownership on house

Five years ago I found a house I wanted to buy. I had a full-time job and saved enough money for the down payment. I went to see about getting a loan and I was told that my income alone was not ...
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How can I compensate a new owner for a special assessment without incurring income tax?

The dwelling in question is a Townhouse in Boulder County, Colorado I was the owner of a dwelling in Colorado when a fairly bad hail storm hit this last Summer. I received notice that there would ...
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Lost $100k (paper) money on property subdivision project. What should be my next step?

I had the misfortune of working with a shady project manager for my first property subdivision project (1 property into 3). The development contract with him was for him to organise and supervise the ...
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Who normally attends a residential real estate closing in the US?

For a standard mortgage closing, what parties are usually in attendance for the final walkthrough and closing event?
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Anything to know before selling a Lease back to the freeholder

We're about to sell our leasehold, ex-council property back to the council, i.e. back to the freeholder of the lease. Is there anything we should know about beforehand? Should we expect this to be ...
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Home rebuild and demolish

I own a half acre in a very convenient and lucrative area and have for years now. I still owe on my mortgage and my home is in good condition. My family is quickly outgrowing it. The home builders ...
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How can I hedge against local home value?

I'd like to hedge against my neighborhood home value. I'm not terribly concerned if the overall housing market fluctuates, since if I move and sell my home for less, I can buy a new home for less. I'...
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Are there tax benefits in the U.S. for buying a first house? [duplicate]

Does a mortgaged home purchase impact your federal U.S. tax return in any way?
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Can a house appraisal impact my mortgage loan?

Purchasing my first home and had to go over asking price due to competing offers. What's the likelihood that the appraisal will come in under the purchase price, thus complicating my mortgage ...
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Would adding artificial turf to my rooftop patio increase the value of my home? [closed]

I know there are many ways of increasing the value of home; redoing flooring, replacing old HVAC systems, adding in smart security systems, etc... My house is brand new construction so there isn't ...
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I plan to cash out my entire 401k within 2 years, should I maximize my contributions or should I minimize them and invest in money market/index funds?

I have a serious medical issue that makes collecting my 401k benefit a near impossibility. I have about 20k saved up in my 401k and we’ll call it $60k in the market mostly in index funds/ETFs. I ...
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Along the path of buying the first, second, and third house. Should I rent one myself?

If I have 2 houses, and rent out both of them for $4,000 each, then the bank will take into account the rental income of $8,000. But if I live in one and rent out the other, the bank only accounts ...
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Two realtors estimating different price ranges

I'm looking into investing into a specific apartment. It hasn't been publicly listed as for sale yet, I just happen to know the current owner. The owner asked me to do my own research and make him an ...
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What are the tax implications for an individual renting property from an LLC of which they are a member?

The scenario is that individual I is a member of LLC L, and L owns property P. L distributes profits and losses to I. I rents P from L. An obviously significant free variable is how much rent L ...
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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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How to price target when selling a home?

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is prohibited to "impose different sales prices or rental charges for the sale or rental of a dwelling." But in the residential market, does price targeting actually ...

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