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How uniform is the decline in US property prices?

Obviously because of the global financial crisis, I've been hearing a lot about the US property market crash. I have a feeling something similar is waiting to happen in Australia so I would like to do ...
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What are the laws involved with residency requirements when it comes to purchasing real estate in Shanghai?

Please quote some examples from the laws imposed by the Chinese government, whether it's in English or Chinese (assuming there are a fair number of chinese readers here). Thanks in advance!
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Financial Responsibility for Tax Purposes

I am fully "financially responsible" for a property in the United States that is not in my name. I made arrangements with the previous owner to take over payments on the property and assume full ...
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Previous owner of my home wants to buy it back but the property's value is less than my loan… what to do?

I've owned my home for close to 5 years and it's value is currently around $100k below my loan amount (according to zillow). I hate living here, and I've wanted to sell it for a long time. Today, ...
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What are the usual terms of a “rent with an option to buy” situation?

What are the usual terms of a "rent with an option to buy" situation? Is the selling price negotiated ahead of time? What does the renter potentially sacrifice except losing the equity of the rent?
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At what point did my former primary residence become an income property?

Last year we bought another house (and moved into it as our primary residence). Rather than sell our previous house, we opted to keep it and rent it out. Since the tax treatment for rentals is ...
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Is it a good investment for a foreigner to purchase a flat/apartment in China?

Is it a good investment for a foreigner to purchase a flat/apartment in China? Why, or why not?
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What are the rules for gifting for a couple when one is a U.S. citizen & the other a Canadian?

If one spouse is American and the other Canadian, what are the gifting rules for this couple? Is the couple still limited to 26,000 or can they specify that the American is gifting 13,000 and the ...
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Can buying REIT's be compared to investing in Real Estate?

I am currently renting an apartment, and investing a portion of my income in stocks and bonds (90/10). Part of my stock allocation contains REIT's. I have been saving to purchase a home (I have ...
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For a mortgage down-payment, what percentage is sensible?

In Australia, even after the global financial crisis, it's still common to only have 5-10% and some people even use other assets as collateral to borrow all 100%. I hear historically this has not been ...
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How do I create the illusion I don't have anything valuable, so thieves wouldn't want to steal from my home?

There's a question on DIY SE asking how to secure the house from intruders. One of the answers is to not have anything valuable or at least to not appear to. Can the illusion that a person doesn't ...
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Under which conditions does it make sense for a Canadian investor to put their mortgage in their RRSP?

Canada allows investors to use their retirement fundings (RRSPs) as part of a loan to themselves, which can fund the buying of a house. When does it make sense to take advantage of this?
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Is it better to purchase a condo or save more for retirement?

I rent and can't help but feel that I'm wasting my money. With the prices for condos so competitive currently, I'm wondering if it would make sense to stop contributing to my 403b and save up for a ...
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If a house is in foreclosure what does the bank own vs what the former owner owns

So we were having a discussion about what we would all do if we were unfortunate enough to have our homes go into foreclosure. I asserted that all the appliances and even window blinds would still be ...
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How much should I trust seller's expense and revenue data in evaluating multifamily real estate investment?

I am learning about investing in multifamily real estate (apartments). I understand some of the key figures for evaluating multifamily properties, such as CAP rate and cash-on-cash returns. All of ...
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Do other countries have the equivalent of Australia's Negative Gearing?

Negative Gearing is a feature of Australian taxation where losses from real estate or share investments can be offset against assessable income. In simple terms, the difference between rent, and ...
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Should I keep a price guarantee contract of a real estate now?

In 2005 I purchased a guarantee price contract for a real estate luxury apartment. This apartment is due to be finished in 2012 (7 years after). The price estimated price of a similar apartment in ...
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How would one find foreclosures in Canada, Newfoundland?

I am starting to look for a new home, and am wondering how one would find foreclosure in Newfoundland.
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How to calculate the total return on buying a home?

How to calculate the total return on buying a home, considering things such as : home value down payment constant mortgage payment (going from mostly interests at the beginning to mostly principal at ...
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Have house price growth exceeded rent yield in Australia in the last five years (2005 onwards)?

I started renting possibly about five years ago. I'm not sure if the rent price has gone up or down. I'm actually paying more then than I was now, but the place I am living in now is in the suburbs ...
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What governs the shape of price history graphs?

I think the price history graphs of speculative investments such as housing and gold look like a series of linked "u"s, ie sharp peaks and rounded troughs, while the graphs of less speculative ...
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What part of buying a house would make my net worth go down?

I've thinking about buying a house, and how that would affect my net worth. It seems to me that if out of pocket + debt = value then the transaction shouldn't affect my net worth in the short term. ...
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Is the Australian property market currently (late 2010) in a bubble?

I've been told that the Australian property market is more than 45% over valued, I've also heard arguments that there are justifications for this such as: increased rate of immigration, shortage of ...
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When is it better to rent and when is better buy in a certain property market?

I've been told the average rent for a house should be the house price, minus 3 zero's and that should be how much it should be a week, which I think works out to be about 5% of the house price per ...
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Source for information about Australia and U.S. real estate market rent-to-price ratios?

Would like to make a comparison between the two markets, in particular during the global financial crisis.
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What should I consider when buying land as an Investment in Ontario, Canada?

I was bored the other day so I was looking through the real estate listings up in Cottage Country. I noticed a plot of 4 acres of land for sale for $30,000. I was wondering what one should consider ...
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Malaysian real estate: How to know if the market is overheated or in a bubble?

I'm living in Malaysia, around Klang Valley. One thing I notice is that the housing price keeps on increasing and increasing and increasing ( just my perception, no data to backup my point), with no ...
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What's the best time of a year to buy a car or a house in Canada?

Are there any months where car or house prices usually drop in Canada? Is the difference noticeable enough to justify the waiting?
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Can I refinance a rental property that is currently only 75% loan to value?

I have two separate rental properties that each have a LTV of about 75%. I'd like to leverage these properties to buy another investment or rental property so I am considering refinancing with cash ...
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What is a timeshare?

What is a timeshare and why might I want one? Are there any hidden costs to timeshares?
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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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In general, is it financially better to buy or to rent a house?

I know this differs from country to country, from person to person (depending on how much you already have saved), but I'm curious about the simplest example. Let's say I have little to no money. I ...
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What impact does the new mortgage rules have on CMHC policies? [Canada]

With reference to this question, how does this affect the Canadian Home and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC)? This organization made it possible to get a new home with as little as 5% downpayment, ...
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Should I wait until I have a 20% down payment to buy a home?

With an FHA loan that only requires a 3.5% down payment, I'm able to buy a home right now and comfortably afford the monthly payments. However, I know that means I'll pay PMI and more interest over ...
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Homeowner's association funding a project in a condo: Bank wants an individual guarantor. What to do?

From time to time my HOA (homeowner's association) needs extra money for a project (eg painting fences, fixing roofs, plumbing repair, etc). They typically respond by raising the monthly HOA dues for ...
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Is home renovation ever a good investment?

For years I was under the impression that renovating a home was an investment. However, when I look up return on investment for typical home renovation projects, it appears that even the most high-...
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How does Ontario's new HST affect a condominium purchase?

I'm wondering what the rules are regarding HST and a purchase of a condominium. When buying a new construction condominium, would I need to pay HST? What about for existing (re-sale) condo's? I've ...
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Are funeral plots a good investment?

At the risk of sounding morbid, is it worth looking into cemetery plots/mausoleum storage? Is it correct to assume that these costs will increase over time?
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Canada: New mortgage qualification rules, 2010: Why, what, & when in effect?

Earlier today, the Canadian federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced new mortgage qualification rules for Canada. Why were new rules introduced? What are the new rules being introduced, vs. ...
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How can I profit on the Chinese Real-Estate Bubble?

How can I profit on the Chinese Real-Estate Bubble?
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Should we use an expected inheritance to invest in a rental property with cash, i.e. no mortgage?

My wife and I will be getting an inheritance soon. There are many ways to invest this money. One thought we had was to take advantage of the down real estate market and buy a house for a rental ...
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Why do people use mortgages, when they could just pay for the house in full?

I would like your recommendation on whether you should buy a house with a mortgage, which you would pay as you go, or should you buy it in full.
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How can I minimize losses on an upside down mortgage for a condo I no longer live in?

I have made a good faith effort to keep up my mortgage payments on a condo that I no longer live in since Oct 2005. In 2005 I had to move out of state for my job and I listed the property for about ...
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Is selling your house without an agent worth the hassle?

There have been numerous "for sale by owner" signs appearing recently. This seems like a convenient way to reduce the commission charged by Real Estate agents but I have heard that this is still a "...
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What is my % return on investment for various home renovations upon resale of my house?

For instance, I've heard that there is a minimum 75% return-on-investment ("ROI") on bathroom and kitchen renovations - is that an accurate figure? What about the other rooms in my home? Are there ...
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Is Real Estate ever a BAD investment? If so, when?

Even in a bad market, over 30 years won't the value of Real Estate always go up? Is it always a sure bet? If not, what should an investor or buyer consider?
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If I buy a property in an underage dependent's name am I exempt from capital gains (losses) on my income tax?

If I purchase a property in an underage dependent's name (son or daughter), and then sell it before they reach the age of majority, do I need to claim the capital gains (losses) on income tax if I ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of leasing out a property or part of a property (such as a basement apartment)?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of leasing out a property or part of a property (such as a basement apartment)?
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Getting on the property ladder: mortage, downpayment, fees? [UK]

Once I've got my finances straight I'd like to think about getting my own place, but what sort of money am I looking at to have under my belt before I can begin thinking? Is it right that the UK ...
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Should I put more money down on one property and pay it off sooner or hold on to the cash?

I've a huge chunk of money saved up for a down payment on a property that I'd eventually like to pay off and use as a rental. The assumption is that the property value will go up substantially over ...